Veteran amputees visit bombing victims at Boston hospitals

A group of amputee veterans visited the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed three and injured more than 175 people, according to the Boston Medical Center Facebook page.

Boston Medical Center, one of the hospitals that cared for the victims, received 23 patients injured from the blasts and several of them have lost limbs.

“We are happy to report that all of our amputation patients are nearly completed,” Jeffrey Kalish, MD, director of endovascular surgery at Boston Medical Center, stated during a press conference on April 22. “These patients are starting the process of both physical and mental rehabilitation, which is really going to be the next step in their care.”

Patients at several local Boston hospitals including Boston Medical Center were visited by Marines from the Semper Fi Fund who had lost limbs while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Semper Fi Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support for injured and critically ill members of the US armed forces through their program, America’s Fund.

“These are the first days in what may be a long road to recovery, and we will be there to help through our program, America’s Fund,” according to the Semper Fi Fund’s website. “We will be sending staff, volunteers and amputees wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan to Boston to provide encouragement, guidance and immediate financial support to victims and their families.”

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