John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe – The Long Journey to Heal
CELESTE CORCORAN FROM LOWELL, MASS. WAS STANDING WITH HER DAUGHTER SYDNEY, 18, ON THE SIDEWALK OF BOYLSTON STREET NEAR THE BOSTON MARATHON FINISH LINE WHEN THE FIRST BOMB EXPLODED NEXT TO THEM. HER HUSBAND KEVIN WAS NOT INJURED AND USED HIS BELT TO STOP THE BLEEDING IN HER LEGS. CELESTE LOST BOTH LEGS AND SYDNEY NEARLY BLED TO DEATH FROM A SEVERED FERMORAL ARTERY IN HER THEIGH. THROUGH MONTHS OF RECOVERY AND PHYSICAL THERAPY, BOTH ARE WALKING. CELESTE IS ON HER SECOND SET OF PROSTHETICS AND SYDNEY IS ABLE TO HELP HER MOTHER THROUGH HER RECOVERY. THE BOMBING HAS LEFT AN IMPACT ON THE FAMILY AS CELESTE AND SYDNEY TO COPE WITH THEIR “NEW NORMAL” AS CELESTE CALLS IT.
Boston-5/03/13- Sydney Corcoran from Lowell, Massachusetts lies next to her trail of blood as she is comforted on the sidewalk at the site of the first Boston Marathon bombing. She was standing with her mother Celeste and father Kevin to cheer on her aunt was was running. A piece of shrapnel the size of a cell phone from the pressure-cooker bomb severed her femoral artery. She nearly bled to death. She fell fifteen feet away from her mother who lost both legs in the bombing.
Boston-5/03/13- Boston Marathon bombing survivors Celeste Corcoran from Lowell and her daughter Sydney hug at Spaulding Rehab Hospital as Sydney was discharged. Celeste lost both her legs and Sydney almost died after a massive leg injury tore her femoral artery. Sydney’s departure both comforts and unsettles Celeste.”if Sydney would of died, I think I would of died with her.” Celeste said.
Boston-5/03/13- Boston Marathon bombing survivor Sydney Corcoran looks back at her mother Celeste as she is about to leave in her brother Tyler’s car as they drive away from Spaulding Rehab Hospital. Sydney was discharged, but her mother would stay for several more days to do physical therapy. They were together since the bombing hospitalized the. Her mother lost both legs.
Boston-5/03/13-Celeste Corcoran worked hard in physical therapy doing leg lifts at Spaulding Rehab Hospital. She had to wait for her legs to heal before getting fitted for prosthetics. She was determined at this point to return to “the new normal” as she called it.
Lowell-5/28/13- Sydney Corcoran a victim of the marathon bombing gets ready for her Lowell High School senior prom as her mother Celeste wraps her foot that was injured in the bombing. A chuck of her foot was destroyed in the bombing that also ripped into her femoral artery. Celeste lost both her legs in the bombing. It was Sydney’s dream to go to her prom.
Boston-5/22/13- Celeste Corcoran cries after being overwhelmed after getting fitted for her prosthetics at Spaulding Hospital. Her doctor told her the next time he will see her, she will be walking.
Boston-06/20/13- Celeste Corcoran walks on her two new prothesis at Spaulding Rehab. She lost both legs in the first Marathon bombing. She is helped by physical therapist Alyson Jodoin as her daughter Sydney(l) who was also severely injured walks with them. “They just feel so unnatural. It feels like you’re walking on stilts.” Celeste said.
Lowell–08/3013 Kevin Corcoran breaks down into tears in the kitchen of his home as he embraces his son Tyler after having an emotional day at work. Kevin’s wife, Celeste lost both legs in the 1st Boston Marathon bombing, and his daughter Sydney was seriously injured. Kevin saved Celeste’s life by using his belt and another one to stop the bleeding in her legs after the bombing. He admits that he should go to ptsd counseling but says he gets the most support from his family. “I don’t have nightmares. I’m dealing with it.” he said.
Lowell11/9/13- Celeste Corcoran sits on her daybed in her dining room, and rubs her sore legs after arriving home. She goes through a ritual of removing her new prosthetics and letting them dry out. She then gets around the house in her wheelchair. “I just want to me be. Every time I do something that nobody thought I could, I’m getting justice.” she said.
Lowell–09/05/2013 Celeste Corcoran holds the arm of her daughter Sydney as they elk with her son Tyler off walks off the Lowell Stadium baseball field after she and Sydney threw out the first pitch in a benefit softball game. Celeste, despite having getting new state of the art prosthetics, still needs to be helped with her balance as she gets tired walking.
Lowell-11/9/13- Kevin and Celeste Corcoran make their way to the Tsongas Arena to an event to honor victims and first responders of the Boston Marathon. Celeste was tired from being on her legs all day and was wheeled the long distance from the parking lot.