- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On Monday, Rebekah Gregory DiMartino of Texas joined the more than one dozen people to have lost a limb as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, reported the Boston Globe.

After 15 surgeries to save her leg and months of pain and rehabilitation, Mrs. DiMartino, 27, decided to have her left leg amputated below the knee. The acute pain caused by her injuries often required her to use a wheelchair, walker or leg brace, the Globe reports, negatively impacting the quality of her life with 7-year-old son Noah and husband Pete, who were both also injured in the blast.

Mrs. DiMartino’s hourlong surgery went smoothly and was pronounced successful.

“There were no hiccups,” Dr. William McGarvey told the Globe following the surgery. “Having spoken with Rebekah for the last several months, I think she’s going to do well. She’s got a great attitude, and I think for her, this is sort of a reconstructive procedure as opposed to an elimination procedure.” 

On her public Facebook page, Mrs. DiMartino seemed upbeat about her pending surgery, even penning a tongue-in-cheek “goodbye” letter to her injured leg, telling the limb it had become “a burden” in her life. 

“I love you. I really do. But I think I need to start on the next leg of my journey,” she wrote. 

Dr. McGarvey told the Globe that Mrs. DiMartino will be able to walk again with the aid of a prosthesis, but that her amputation may not bring an end to the acute pain she has been suffering as a result of her blast injuries. 

“As a result of the blast injury, she clearly had skeletal trauma, she clearly had muscular trauma, but she also had neurological injury, and that’s probably the thing we have the least control over,” he said, according to the Globe.

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