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Ma, I’m hurt real bad.
JP and Paul Norden
Liz Norden described the phone call from her son, Paul; he was calling from an ambulance racing to Beth Isreal Hospital.

Paul was at the Marathon's finish line with his brother J.P., his friend Mark Fucarile and his girlfriend Jackie. They were waiting to cheer on their high school friend, Mike Jefferson a Somerville firefighter, running in the race.

Liz later learned that J.P. had also been severely injured and was taken to a different hospital.

This morning in various interviews she described her distress as she frantically tried to locate both sons.

Paul, 31, is at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and J.P., 33, is at Brigham and Women's Hospital, each have lost their right leg. Each have undergone at least one surgery.

Paul's girlfriend Jackie is being treated for burns in yet a third hospital, and their friend Mark Fucarile, lost both legs.

In addition to these life-changing, catastrophic injuries, their mother is worried about emotional wounds because they were standing next to Martin Richard, the eight-year-old boy who was killed.

According to their local paper, the Woburn Daily Times, if you would like to help the brothers and Marc Fucarile:

A charity account has been set up at TD Bank. You can call, mail, or drop off a donation at any location. The name on the account is Marc, JP, and Paul Marathon Victim Fund. The account number is 8371871647. and donations can be mailed to TD Bank 280 Montvale Ave. Woburn MA 01801. Or you can call 781-376-0100. If you have questions contact the branch manager, Lisa Ruocco.
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Local station WCVB has a collection of photos from the scene and has identified some of the victims we've become familiar with.  

Photos of this man, some incredibly graphic, have been seen in collections of images of those rushed from the scene of the first bomb.

According to a caption WCVB has added to the photo:
Jeff Bauman Jr., of Chelmsford, lost two legs in the blast.


Boston, you're my home

Originally posted to 51 Percent on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:17 PM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans and Boston Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (28+ / 0-)

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:17:04 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for posting- (11+ / 0-)

    Although we grieve for the victims of this horrible tragedy, and applaud the EMTs and first responders who ran towards the explosion without thought for their own safety, a human face helps sometimes when you're trying to get some idea of what these innocent bystanders have experienced. My niece, a MA native in her first year of college, almost always goes to the marathon to cheer on family/friends each year. Whatever lucky happenstance that caused them to go to a party the night beforehand has my full blessing, because she stayed at school to take care of a friend who had over-indulged the night before.

    Thoughts and remembrance for victims of violence everywhere.

    Information is power. But; like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. Aaron Swartz ~1986-2013~

    by Lisa Lockwood on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:32:13 PM PDT

    •  My daughter was living in Brighton until about a (5+ / 0-)

      month ago, when she moved to peru- she went to college in NH while many of her friends went to school in Boston - she spent so much time in the city. Her best friend - since kindergarten - is living and working in the city and the first thing I wanted to do was find out if she was OK. She is.

      As you might know, it is such a party atmosphere on Patriot's day. It is one of the best days to be in Boston. The city shines with pride. We took our kids when they were younger and stood near the grandstand.

      The worst part of all of this is the area is always full of kids.

      We always felt so safe.  Not anymore. And to me that's the definition of terror.

      Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

      by 51percent on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:48:08 PM PDT

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  •  I read about this brothers earlier and was (10+ / 0-)

    just horrified. I cannot even I imagine what their mom is going through right now.

    I hadn't heard they were that close to Martin Richards. Martin's sister also lost a leg and his mother has a brain injury. Again, my heart aches for the dad who had just crossed the finish line and had a joyous reunion with his young son -- and then the boy walked away.

    I wasn't sure I could feel worse than I did yesterday, but the stories just make me so sad...

    First the thing is impossible, then improbable, then unsatisfactorily achieved, then quietly improved, until one day it is actual and uncontroversial. ... It starts off impossible and it ends up done. - Adam Gopnik

    by theKgirls on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:42:56 PM PDT

  •  I know Boston will pull together (5+ / 0-)

    and the good people there will survive, and help each other.

    I know this.

    I saw it in New York, after the Twin Towers came down.

    Bostonians are no less tough than NYers are.

    All my condolences to you.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:45:11 PM PDT

  •  A Clear Photo of One Bomb In Position Has Surfaced (7+ / 0-)

    it's in some kind of backpack sitting next to a sidewalk-mounted post box.

    So sorry about these two boys and all the nearly 200 victims. Some of the injuries were really severe from all the shrapnel.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:59:03 PM PDT

  •  Accidentally saw the really gross photo of the guy (11+ / 0-)

    who lost both legs. One lower leg was nothing but a long bone.

    Which I added because a few weeks ago, during the NCAA men's basketball tournament, a kid from Louisville had a freak injury and ended up with a compound fracture of his leg, same one sticking out and not as badly as the Boston guy's injury.

    People wept in the stands. They threw up. The players on the court fell to the floor weeping, and the trainers got that guy's bone covered up pretty quickly. Almost everyone turned away except two trainers and one player who knelt at the kid's side and reassured him.

    Boston's injuries were much more gruesome, and yet so many people ran toward them. Granted there were lots of first responders on the scene, but still... there were a lot of cops, lot of volunteers, bystanders, too. There was a doctor who ran the race and said he was 25 yards away when the first bomb exploded, and yet by the time he ran to the injured, they were all surrounded by people helping them.

    I look at the faces of the people rushing victims down the street or the ones kneeling over people on the street, and I'm in awe. The determination, urgency but doing what needs to be done.

    All those limbs lost... it's amazing more people didn't bleed to death, something that can happen in a couple of minutes with injuries like that. That's how fast people rushed in and helped yesterday.

    Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

    by teresahill on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 04:14:31 PM PDT

    •  yes, teresahill, (5+ / 0-)
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      51percent, AnnieR, joynow, MRA NY, Ginny in CO

      a lot of heroes yesterday.

      They stayed to help instead of running away.
      Time was critical, and lives were saved because they took action.

      WE NEVER FORGET For March: Francis Estep, UMWA Martyr

      by JayRaye on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 05:58:08 PM PDT

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    •  Not to belittle Boston's, but the folks who ran TO (3+ / 0-)
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      that Louisville player, Kevin Ware, (who, by the way, is already working on rehabilitating that leg) were heroes too.

      I wouldn't be surprised that there were people crying and throwing up in the crowds after the bombings yesterday, too. I'd've likely been one of them.

      It's hard to put into words how precious the people who run toward a tragedy to help really are.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:22:26 PM PDT

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    •  It really was amazing that so many (0+ / 0-)

      people just went into the horror, got pressure on ruptured blood vessels, used their own shirts, raised the limbs, made tourniquets from belts or other items. Only 3 deaths initially and over 36 hours later is amazing.

      16 years in critical care I saw health care professionals bow out of bad situations looking really pale.  

      The medical tent, staff and wheel chairs available for the runners were another huge benefit. Boston mobilized ambulances very quickly and it has a lot of top notch hospitals that were able to spread the victims out. Blood donors practically flooded them. Which will really help the next phase of recovery and survival. The fresher the blood, the more intact the oxygen carrying capacity.

      Just caught a few minutes of Leslie Marshall interviewing a gal who was involved somehow and clearly has some medical training. She was reporting people on that front line are already dealing with PTSD symptoms.

      I think Boston will come through for them, earlier the better.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 02:21:13 AM PDT

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  •  and I have been wondering what I would have done (2+ / 0-)
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    my husband tells me, "you would have been running towards the injured, and dragging me with you."

    I hope he's right.

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 06:36:01 PM PDT

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