Today: Mother & Daughter Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Share Story

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Today Show: Boston Marathon Survivors Talk About Experience

It has been 11 days since the Boston Marathon bombings which took the lives of three people and injured over 170. The Today Show talked to two survivors of the bombings April 26 2013. I’d imagine there wasn’t a dry eye in any home in America that was watching this report. Natalie Morales sat down with Celeste, who lost both her legs in the blast, and her 18-year-old daughter Sydney, who nearly bled to death from a severed artery in her neck.

Today: Mother & Daughter Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Share Story

One week after the Boston Marathon, people remembered the victims and prayed for survivors at memorials like this one. On April 26 2013, a mother and daughter who were injured in the bombings spoke to Today’s Natalie Morales about their experience that tragic day. (image credit: Marcio Jose Bastos Silva, Shutterstock.com)

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Celeste stood with her husband and her daughter at the finish line of the Boston Marathon less than 20 feet away from the first bomb when it exploded. Celeste said before they put her under, she just wanted to die. But she fought on, because she didn’t want to leave their family. Celeste and her husband Kevin were completely separated from their daughter. While Kevin stayed by Celeste and helped her, bystanders helped Sydney.

Sydney said she had no idea where her parents were. She thought she was going to wake up and have no one left but her brother. She said it was “complete waterworks” when she finally saw her mother and knew she was okay.

Sydney Meets the Stranger Who Helped Her

A man named Matt Smith stayed with Sydney as she nearly bleed to death. She was losing blood fast and her arms felt tingly. She was tired and her lips were turning blue. She could feel herself fading. Matt kept talking to her and keeping her alert. He was a complete stranger, but he helped her through the experience. When Sydney recovered, she wanted to meet Matt Smith. He came to see her in the hospital. “I saw him and I knew it was him, and I just started crying,” she said.

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Celeste said that a couple of Marines stopped by to comfort her. One of them is also a double amputee and talked to her about her injuries and inspired her. She said he even goes rock climbing. The man told her that Marines like to say they have two birthdays: your original birthday and the day you get injured. “There are times when everything just kind of overwhelms you, but I know in my heart I’m going to be okay,” Celeste said.

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