Boston Bombing Survivor Reunited With Rescuers: NFL Star and His Wife

04/16/2014
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(Extra) "Extra's" Maria Menounos returned to her hometown Boston on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Maria had the opportunity to talk to Heather Abbott, who lost her leg in the second explosion and former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham and his wife Erin who helped Heather right after the blast.

Back at the scene, Heather and Matt saying how they feel one year later. Heather, "I think today I've been trying to keep busy so I don't have a lot on my mind, but it's hard not to think about the three people who died here last year today and all the other survivors who were hurt." Matt, "I think Heather makes a great point, we've kind of gone around the wash here the last year with all the great stories and all those things, but it does come around full circle when you start thinking about those three families and how much they were affected."

The two also remembering the moment that brought them together. Heather had just come from the Red Sox games and was about to walk into the Forum restaurant when the first explosion occurred, "It happened so quickly before I could even say anything I heard the second explosion right next to me and the force from it actually pushed me inside of the restaurant and onto the ground."

Matt and Erin were in the restaurant, Erin was the one who heard Heather pleading for help, "I was really lucky she stopped to help me because people were literally running by me."

Erin saying, "I spotted Heather trying to get up... and she was struggling to get up and that's when I realized she had a bad injury." Matt, "My wife essentially talked me into scooping her up and heading out the back…It was my wife tugging and showing me to Heather that she was the one who really needed special attention at that point and that's what brought us together."

They were brought together but didn't know who one another were until later and now they are helping each other heal. Heather saying it has taken the whole year for her to absorb everything that has happened, "I can think of the first time I ever wore my prosthetic leg that it hot me, that this is what I would be walking on for the rest if my life and it didn't feel like a real leg." Heather admitting she never looked at her mangled foot before she had surgery, "Last year on this day when I put it inside my boot for the day that's the last time I saw it."

Heather also saying she now considers Matt and Erin her family, "They're a big part of the reason why I'm walking today and I'll always remember that…I will always be forever grateful to them, I want their kids to know someday that their parents are my heroes."

Next week Erin will run her first marathon and Heather will join her from the last half mile will Matt cheers them on. more on this story

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