- The Washington Times - Friday, August 16, 2013

A 7-year-old girl, Jane Richard, who lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon terrorist attack — which also killed her 8-year-old brother, Martin — returned home Thursday with a new prosthetic, a new lease on life and, her family says, as an “incredible source of inspiration.”

Jane continues to be an incredible source of inspiration, and exhaustion,” her mother, Denise, said in The New York Post. Denise lost sight in one eye from the bombing attack, and her husband, Bill, lost partial hearing. “The loss of her leg has not slowed her one bit or deterred her in any way.”

Still, the loss of Martin, the youngest fatality in the bombing, haunts.

“An hour doesn’t go by that we don’t feel the agony of Martin’s death and the senseless way it came about,” the family said, in a statement. “The pain is constant and even the sweetest moments can be heartbreaking when we are struck by the realization that ‘Martin would have loved this.’ “

But hope conquers, they said. And watching Jane learn to walk all over again is a source of strength.

The Post reported that Jane didn’t learn of her brother’s death until two weeks after the attack. She spend weeks in a Boston hospital recovering, being fitted for a fake leg and learning to walk on it.

 

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