Wilmington woman receives prosthetic leg thanks to Boston Marathon survivor

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A UNC Wilmington student is starting a new chapter in her life after crossing paths, and inspiring, a woman who survived a terror attack.

Savannah Booth has lived throughout her life as an amputee, wearing poorly-fitted prosthetics. Heather Abbott, however, is a recent amputee after the 2013 terror attack at the Boston Marathon left her severely injured. After the attack, the student reached out to the survivor, and Abbott said Booth’s positive outlook on life inspired the Heather Abbott Foundation.

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“It’s nice to be able to, of course, be able to provide other people with prosthetic devices, but at the same time, it really, I think, has helped along my healing process,” said Abbott.

Abbot said after getting to know Booth, she learned the UNCW student dreamed of being able to wear flip-flops or sandals and walking around campus without people knowing she was an amputee.

This morning in New York, Booth got a new prosthetic leg with the help of the Heather Abbott Foundation and A Step Ahead Prosthetics.



“I’m really excited, I’m excited to finally look down and see ten toes,” said Booth. “Psychologically, for me I can finally look down and not feel that something missing ”

According to the Heather Abbott Foundation website most insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost for a basic prosthetic device but they will not help with specialty prostheses. It said the devices range from $15,000 to more than $100,000.

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