Moral Low Ground


Video: Boston Bombing Double Amputee Celeste Corcoran Receives Inspirational Visit from Marine Who Lost Legs in Afghanistan

A pair of United States Marines, including a double amputee who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan, visited with Boston Marathon bombing victims– including a woman who also lost her legs in last week’s attack.

In a YouTube video that’s gone viral, Boston bombing victims Celeste Corcoran of Lowell, Massachusetts and her 17-year-old daughter Sydney receive a heartwarming hospital visit from the Marines. One of them has been identified by the Marine Corps Times as 24-year-old former sergeant Gabriel Martinez, a former combat engineer who lost both legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Marjah, Helmand province in 2010. Martinez reassured the 47-year-old hairdresser that she would lead a full life despite her horrific injury.

“I can’t do anything right now,” Celeste laments in the video.

“I’m telling you with all my heart that you’re going to be more independent than you ever were,” Martinez insists, adding that her injury is “a blessing in disguise.”

“This isn’t the end, this is the beginning,” he added.

Celeste is no stranger to traumatic, near-death experiences. The Lowell Sun reported last week that she was struck by a car while crossing a street in 2011, resulting in severe injuries including a fractured skull.

Martinez’s unidentified Marine companion tells the injured women that the double amputee is a Paralympic athlete. The subject of running next year’s Boston Marathon came up. Celeste, who was a spectator at last week’s race when she was injured in the bombing, said she previously couldn’t run because she used to get terrible shin splints.

“Hey, I don’t have shins anymore,” she then says. “I can do this!”

How’s that for positive attitude?

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