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Oct 18, 2015 11:38 AM

Boston bombing survivor's charity gives 1st artificial limb

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Ever since she lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has devoted herself to giving others a leg up.

On Monday, she'll accomplish that quite literally. The Heather Abbott Foundation will donate its first artificial limb to a 26-year-old woman from Walpole, Massachusetts, who said it will let her do something she's never been able to do before: walk in heels.

Hillary Cohen, whose right leg was amputated nearly two years ago, will be fitted Monday with a custom-made leg provided through Abbott's foundation.

"It will allow me to be able to be like any other girl. I'll be able to put myself together more and feel more confident," said Cohen, who works as a bone density technician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Abbott, who had part of her own leg amputated after suffering grievous injuries in the 2013 terrorist attacks at the marathon finish line, called it "heartwarming" to be able to help Cohen.


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