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Over nearly five months, through all the surgeries and throbbing pain, John and Karen Odom have longed to share a bottle of wine while watching the sun set from their house overlooking the ocean, inhale the minty air of their eucalyptus trees, and hug family, friends, and colleagues who have watered their plants, tended their garden, collected their mail, doting on them from afar.
John Odom, who required 11 operations after shrapnel severed arteries in each leg and lost so much blood that his heart stopped beating twice, will do something Friday he and his wife once worried would never happen: They are returning to California — the last of the Marathon bombing victims to go home.
“Going home is going back to reality, to our lives, getting back to the plans we had for our future,” John said from the suite at the Marriott Residence Inn in Charlestown, where he and his wife have stayed for the past months after nearly three months of recovering at Boston Medical Center and learning to walk again at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
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