BOSTON — The family of two sisters who suffered serious leg injuries in the Boston Marathon bombing say both women face long recoveries.1 comment on this story
The Charlotte Observer reports that Nicole Gross, a 31-year-old fitness instructor from Charlotte, N.C. and her sister, 29-year-old Erika Brannock , a preschool teacher in Towson, Md., were at the marathon to watch their mother run. Gross had trained 57-year old Carol Downing, of Monkton, Md., for the race.
Both women remain hospitalized. Brannock had her left leg amputated below the knee. Gross suffered a severed Achilles tendon and two broken legs.
Photos of Gross taken moments after the blast appeared in several newspapers and online. The family issued a statement Wednesday asking the media to stop using the images, saying they are "tremendously painful" for the family.