BOSTON (AP) — The younger sister of the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings was released from the hospital Thursday to begin rehabilitation.
Her family said in a statement that Jane Richard, 7, whose left leg was amputated below the knee, was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital after undergoing 12 surgeries and spending 39 days in the intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“Today Jane is in good spirits and looking forward to beginning the next phase of her recovery,” the family said. The Richard family said they shared emotional goodbyes with the Children’s staff.
Jane’s brother, Martin, was one of three people killed in the April 15 explosions at the marathon finish line. The family was within a few feet of the second blast. Parents Bill and Denise Richard were injured and 11-year-old Henry Richard was not hurt.
“While we remain devastated over Martin’s death and all that has happened to us, Jane’s determination for getting better is an inspiring source of strength for the entire family,” the family said.
A Mass will be held in Martin’s memory on June 9, his birthday, at St. Ann Church in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, where the Richard family lives.