Boston bombing victims recovery & tie to Tucson

The Boston Marathon bombing victims continue to recover from their injuries. Roseann Sdoia is one of the victims that has left a Boston area hospital.

Her friend Amy Dowe lives in Tucson. But just a few weeks ago, Dowe was by Sdoia's side.

The two friends would attend the marathon together for many year. The last few years Dowe couldn't make it. But Sdoia would still go to support the runners.

At this year's race, Sdoia was right next to the second bomb. The bomb went off and Sdoia lost her right foot. After a few surgeries, her right leg was amputated from above the knee.

It was an emotional day for the two friends when they saw each other for the first time. "When I did arrive and saw Roseann for the first time, it was really emotional she had been having a lot of other issues aside from just the lost of her leg," said Dowe. Sdoia had kidney damage, burns on her body and suffered hearing loss.

There were good and bad days for Sdoia. One thing that brought a smile to her face, seeing Amy. "She was really happy that I was there and that made me feel wonderful," said Dowe.

Family and friends have been with Sdoia. She has even had visits by actor Kevin Spacey and former University of Arizona football player and current New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski.

Sdoia left Spalding Rehab center 29 days after the bombing. She is at home and gets around on crutches. The North End resident will continue to rehab and try to get a prosthetic for her leg.

Dowe plans to visit Sdoia sometime this summer. She is hosting a local fundraiser for her friend, on June 7th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at La Mariposa. It's a family happy hour to benefit Roseann Sdoia. There will be a silent auction, activities for kids and a raffle, with a portion of the proceeds going to Sdoia.

To learn more about the fund for Roseann Sdoia click the link below.

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