”Amazing Present:” Boston Bombing Survivor's Bid to Walk

Eight months after twin bombings at the Boston Marathon nearly took one survivor’s left leg, she can finally put two feet on the ground. Rebekah Gregory, 26, has had 14 surgeries in a bid to save the leg, though she has faced constant pain and the prospect of amputation many times. She started physical therapy in the summer but had to stop when her doctors determined she would need to wear a device to get her foot into the right position if she hoped to ever walk on it again. That came off at Thanksgiving, when they replaced it with a cast. And on Monday, Gregory graduated to a walking boot. “To put two feet on the ground again was the most amazing feeling,” Gregory told NBC News from her parents’ home in Richmond, Texas. “And just right before Christmas, too. It’s like, what an amazing present this year.”

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