While we certainly wish nothing had ever happened to Mery Daniel — who was severely injured in the Boston bombing attack — we say that life finds a way, and that her strength, new leg, and new life will lead her in amazing directions!
Mery, who was an avid fan of Marathon Monday, couldn't wait for it to start. She had the following to say about it:
"I was waiting patiently for that day. Last year I went and I had so much fun. So I wanted to go again this year. I was at the finish line. The moment I got there, that was when I heard the blast.
"I didn't realize I was losing my leg because it happened so fast."
The doctors, unfortunately, could not save her leg — especially not at the price of her life! Her heart had stopped TWICE already during surgery, so saving the leg was out of the question.
Her left leg was amputated above the knee, while her right leg was spared, but severely injured. She continued:
"I didn't really go through that mind frame like, 'I'm losing my leg and how am I supposed to react or how am I supposed to respond to it'… So it did surprise me how much I handled it. Sometimes, you don't know the limits of how far you can go until you're tested."
Like we said, though: this has not defeated Mery in the LEAST. She found it within herself to continue on, to not let these cowardly men win. She went on, and talked about how her five-year-old daughter handled it:
"She didn't want to come near it, she didn't want to touch it, she didn't want anything to do with it. She constantly was asking me, why did I have to go to the bomb? I want to continue on and do everything I was meant to do and move forward. I don't mind people staring. It is what it is. And that's the new me now and I have to be comfortable."
The biggest problem for Mery was that after six weeks in the hospital, she couldn't even go home! Not because she wasn't being released, but because her duplex had stairs too difficult for her!
Life finds a way, though, and they found a way into a temporary first floor apartment. She now has her new leg (insurance has not fought her on ANYTHING), and a new lease on life!
And guess what?
She even wants to be a doctor. It's amazing what can come out of such horrible events! Check out the video (above) to see her in action!
While the ABC hit pulled in some big names for this season, we were particularly shocked to see that former Texas Governor Rick Perry signed on to put on his dancing shoes. TBH, the politician seems like he'd fit in better in the town from Footloose than on DWTS!
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