BOSTON — Amesbury High School graduate Remy Lawler lies in a Boston hospital recovering from surgery performed Monday to remove a piece of shrapnel from her right thigh.
Lawler was one of more than 170 people injured Monday when two bombs went off in quick succession near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were also killed in what appears to be a coordinated attempted to maim as many runners and spectators as possible.
“She’s OK, she had the operation,” her father, Arthur Lawler of Amesbury, said in an interview with The Daily News.
The 25-year-old Lesley University student was among the thousands in the crowd cheering on runners as they crossed the finish line. Lawler and her two roommates were there for fellow AHS graduate and Leslie student Erin Hurley, when the bombs went off.
After the explosions, Lawler was taken to Faulkner Hospital in Boston. Her two roommates were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, both in Boston.
Hurley was initially reported as being injured in the attack, however her mother confirmed today that she was not hurt. Her boyfriend was among the injured. A photo of him being hurriedly taken away from the scene by three people, including a man wearing a cowboy hat named Carlos Arredondo, has become one of the most heavily reproduced images of the bombing.
Remy’s father, who was about to head back to the hospital to join his wife, who spent the night with their daughter, said Lawler called her mother shortly after the attack and left a message saying she was hurt. During the phone call, EMTs were heard comforting her.
“EMTs telling her she’s OK, she’s not going to lose her leg,” Arthur Lawler said.
The Lawlers were outside doing yard work on a crisp beautiful day when their daughter was injured. A neighbor informed them of the explosion, prompting Lawler’s mother to check her phone.
Arthur Lawler said his daughter would likely be in the hospital for another two or three days and may require additional surgery; but for the most part, he acknowledged she was luckier than many of those injured.
“The terrorists don’t care, they’re just sending a message that they are there. It’s an ideal setting for a terrorist attack. My daughter has been traumatized, she’s angry, but she’s a survivor. She just hopes they find the people responsible,” Arthur Lawler said.