Adrianne Haslet-Davis isn't a runner, but she plans to run in next year's Boston Marathon. The 32-year-old professional ballroom dancer lost her left foot as a result of the Boston bombing on April 15, but she's promised she'll not only continue to dance but also take up running so she can do the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Haslet-Davis was profiled by The Associated Press, along with Beth Roche, another woman injured in the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that left three dead and more than 280 injured. Haslet-Davis’ left leg was severely damaged in the second blast, while Roche, 59, was injured in the first explosion as she watched her 33-year-old daughter, Rebecca Roche, cross the finish line.
The two women are currently recovering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital following emergency surgery for their injuries.
Haslet-Davis said she was thrown nearly four feet when the second bomb went off and underwent two surgeries at Boston Medical Center, the first to amputate her left foot and the second to remove more of her left leg below the knee.
Roche’s injuries made her unable to seek safety immediately after the blast, but a first responder on the scene came to her aid to protect her from the second blast, notes AP. The 59-year-old office manager and avid runner had to have pins and plates implanted in her injured leg during surgery, performed at Tufts Medical Center, and she will have a second surgery in the near future.
Haslet-Davis was watching the Boston Marathon with her husband, an Air Force captain who recently returned from Afghanistan, when the second bomb exploded. Haslet-Davis' husband was also injured in the blast.
Haslet-Davis said to AP, “I remember thinking, 'That's so gross,' and being terrified that this is the moment I was going to die,” after she saw the severity of her injuries. She woke up the next morning, with her mother by her side, and found out she had lost her left foot.
Roche told AP that she will compete in another marathon before she turns 65 -- she's an active runner, having competed in the 2013 Chicago Marathon -- and is hopeful that she will continue to run.
On Tuesday’s elimination episode of “Dancing With the Stars,” host Tom Bergeron promised to bring Haslet-Davis to “DWTS” next week: “We were all very moved by her inspirational outlook. We’ll tell you how we hope to be part of her recovery.” Haslet-Davis spoke with the Boston Herald on Monday, and after her story went viral, “DWTS” pro Derek Hough said he wanted to dance with Haslet as he was inspired by her story.
Watch the Associated Press' video profile of Adrianne Haslet-Davis and Beth Roche below.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.