Only the most seriously injured of the 188 marathon bombing patients remain hospitalized. Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky Downes are among them. The couple was cheering runners near the finish line Monday when the explosions threw them apart. Patrick and Jessica both lost the lower part of their left leg.
Friends are having a hard time reconciling this news with memories of the joyful pair who married just last August. Smiles in photos of Jessica and Patrick jump off the screen.
“But that’s not just a photograph,” says Leslie Kelly, who watched Jessica grow up just outside Sacramento. “Those two are the happiest, most optimistic, wonderful people,” continues Kelly, which provides “a real good foundation for both of them going forward.”
Jessica’s right foot was also badly damaged in the blast, but the family has told friends it looks like she’ll be able to keep it. And Patrick’s third surgery went well. Family members declined requests for an interview, but a few friends are sharing their story.
“When Patrick came to, he asked if the Red Sox had won,” says Boston College buddy Tom Treacy. “It sounded like they were certainly in good spirits.”
Friends and strangers have donated more than $500,000 in four days to help the couple cope with whatever comes next.