After being a victim of Boston Marathon Bombings, the great survival story of Adrianne Haslet-Davis will surprise you now
On April 15, 2013, at the Boston Marathon Bombings three people were killed and at least 264 were wounded. The same incident took away Adrianne Haslet-Davis’s left leg. Thirty-two-year-old Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a professional ballroom dancer.
I remember thinking, ‘terrorist attack,’ right away — I knew just by the sheer force of the ground shaking. I sort of dragged my body with my forearms, I couldn’t get on my knees, but I dragged my body and was clawing at the ground to get over to the door of a nearby building. And someone opened the door and grabbed me by my shoulders and dragged me in, said Adrianne Haslet-Davis.
It was the second explosion that knocked her to the ground. When the smoke finally began to thin, she realized that she was bleeding heavily and could feel that her left ankle and foot was missing. When she was taken to the hospital, she had to amputate her left leg.
After the incident, she was sure of one thing, that she has a long road ahead and for that, she has to learn walking again. Just a week after her surgery, she made a promise to herself – that no matter what, she would dance again. It took exactly 78 days for her to take her first unassisted step following the amputation bearing her own weight, wearing a prosthetic, without holding someone’s hand or a walker or holding onto a crutch.
After 4 years of that terrible incident, not only has Haslet-Davis is back to the stage to perform ballet once more, but she has also returned to the Boylston Street as a runner in the 2016 Boston Marathon.