June 30, 2013

Marathon bombing amputee strides forward

Roseann Sdoia, 45, is taking an upbeat approach as she gets gets used to walking with a prosthetic.

By BRIDGET MURPHY, The Associated Press

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With physical therapist Dara Casparian, left, guiding her strides, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia, of Boston, looks forward toward a mirror at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospitalin Boston. Sdoia went back to the hospital to learn to walk with her new leg.

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Sdoia is an athlete who ran more than a few road races before that day she went to Boylston Street to be a marathon spectator. And the petite, peppy blonde who works in property management plans to go back to recreational running again.

Sabrina Dellorusso, who was with her at the marathon but barely suffered a scratch, called Sdoia the kind of friend who would call early on a weekend morning to make sure you got up to run a 5K with her.

She showed the same kind of grit at Spaulding recently, where she stuck to a 3-hour-a-day exercise schedule. Sdoia said her suction-type prosthetic wasn't painful, but it added an extra 10 pounds to her body, and the fit still felt awkward.

But she seemed to forget that when Dellorusso stopped by for a hospital visit and she reached out to her. The two hugged as Sdoia stood up on her own, with no crutches necessary.

"Physically, she's a little different. But she's going to be the same," Dellorusso said.

Sdoia said her short-term goals are to walk and climb stairs with confidence. In the longer term, she wants to return to her normal routine of running, driving and going to work. While she still has questions about what happened that day, she thinks of herself as the same person who is just starting another chapter of life.

"I don't think it's changed me in any fashion. I just continue to be who I am," Sdoia said. "Some people think it's inspiring. I think that's kind of funny."

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