Boston Marathon Bombing's Effects on Charlestown: One Year Later

Take a look back at how last year's events affected those in Charlestown and how the local Spaulding Rehab. Hospital helped with victims' recovery.

Officials of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown. Credit: WHDH
Officials of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown. Credit: WHDH
Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the effects of which rippled throughout the Commonwealth, including Charlestown.

Three people were killed and nearly 300 others were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 in Boston's Back Bay. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown served as a hub for many of the victims of the bombings. 

The hospital, which had only been open for 12 days before the bombings, treated a total of 32 victims with such injuries as amputated legs and severe burns, according to WHDH.

Many of the patients had to learn how to get out of bed and shower as part of their recovery, according to the report. But several victims recently commended the hospital for recovery efforts and treatment they have received. 

Here’s a look back at how the bombings affected Charlestown directly, one year later:

  • Charlestown resident Will DiTullio was in the Brookline area nearing the final stretch of his second Boston Marathon when he noticed a missed call from his wife on his iPhone, which he was using for music during the run. His wife, four-month-old son and other relatives were waiting for him at the finish line of the marathon.

Do you have memories from the 2013 Boston Marathon that you'd like to share? Submit your story to Charlestown Patch's "Speak Out" boards!


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