Nearly six months later, after four operations and more physical therapy than she cares to recall, Heather Abbott stood up on the artificial turf, adjusted her new, high-tech prosthetic leg, and did something none of the other Marathon bombing victims who required amputations has done since the attacks.
She began to run.
At first, the 38-year-old from Newport moved awkwardly down the wet field at Harvard University, careful not to jam the blade of her new prosthetic into the turf and tumble. But as she kept at it, doing one drill after another in the rain, her gait became more fluid and her confidence crested.
“It feels pretty good,” Abbott said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.