Brothers at Finish Line Both Lost a Leg

Stories of Boston Marathon bombing victims, survivors

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2013 7:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Stories are pouring in of those who were near the finish line when the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon:

  • Liz Norden's two adult sons, whom she does not name, were standing at the finish line—apparently next to the 8-year-old boy who was killed—waiting for a friend to finish the race. Both men, ages 31 and 33, ended up losing a leg from the knee down in the blast, the Boston Globe reports. Their friend was a quarter-mile from the finish line and walked away unhurt, but the younger son's girlfriend suffered serious injuries and burns.

  • Bill Iffrig, 78, of Washington, was knocked to the ground when the first bomb went off (as can be seen in this widely-circulated video). "It was only ... feet away from me," he tells Washington state's Herald, adding that he saw what appeared to be a coffee can that looked like it was the bomb casing. But he only suffered a scraped knee, and he got back up and a race official helped him walk the last 12 feet to cross the finish line. Iffrig, an accomplished runner in his age group, finished second in his division. Shortly afterward, officials stopped the race completely.
  • Dr. Vivek Shah crossed the finish line, and shortly afterward the bombs went off—so he went into action, tending to victims. "I've never obviously been in combat, but people I've trained with have been and this is as close as I can imagine it would be," he tells ABC News. "Just, basically piles of victims. Everything I saw was a traumatic amputation, basically."

People react to an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Warning: Next image is graphic.   (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Stuart Cahill)
Medical responders run an injured man past the finish line the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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After you've run 26 miles you're not going to stop there. - Bill Iffrig, 78, who finished the race after being knocked down by the explosion

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