Michelle L'Heureux was standing near the finish line to watch her longtime boyfriend finish his 11th Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded, according to her uncle Zoo Cain.
Shrapnel tore into L'Heureux's left shoulder and one of her legs. Falling glass from an adjacent building cut her face. She underwent a second surgery in Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital on Wednesday. Cain, who visited his niece in the hospital this week, said metal remains in her leg, but she's expected to recover physically.
The emotional damage could be long-term.
"Her life is altered forever," Cain said, noting his niece described seeing people with missing limbs, blood soaked streets and people running and screaming from what felt like a war zone.
L'Heureux, who Cain said was in her 30s, lives in suburban Boston and works in the finance industry. She is a native of Auburn, Maine.
"Michelle is a very beloved aunt" to her younger sister's daughters and loves her dogs, Cain said.
L'Heureux's passion is horses; Cain said she used to have her own horse and participated in horse shows before moving to the Boston area. He described her as a cheerful person.
"She loves life," he said.
JARROD CLOWERY: 'GET INTO THE STREET'
Jarrod Clowery and his friends were cheering on spectators when he heard the first explosion.
"I got this feeling that we need to get into the street," Clowery said.
Clowery, 35, a carpenter, hopped over one of the metal barricades that separates spectators on the sidewalk from runners on the course when the second blast went off behind him.
"Because I was elevated on the railing, I think I avoided major, major injury," Clowery said, adding that his friends were injured much more severely.
Clowery said his hearing was diminished by about 85 percent. He has shrapnel embedded in the back of his leg and suffered flash burns.
"The Lord was watching over me, somebody was watching over me," Clowery said. "And I feel very blessed."
THE WHITES: FRIENDS BAND TOGETHER
Kevin White says the toughest part of being injured in the Boston Marathon bombing was not being able to find his parents.
White, 35, who lives in Boston and Chicago, suffered shrapnel injuries. His mother, Mary Jo, broke several bones, and his father, Bill, had his right foot amputated. They had just left a restaurant when the bomb exploded about 10 feet away.
White, who was released from Boston Medical Center on Wednesday, says he's looking forward to reuniting with his father, who is in the intensive care unit at another hospital.
Some close family friends have an online fundraising drive to help the White family pay some of the hefty medical bills they are expected to confront during the months.
The initiative had generated more than $18,400 by late Wednesday, reaching in two days nearly its original goal of raising $20,000 in a month.
White said his family is very grateful but urged well-wishers to also donate to The One Fund Boston, the charity established to help all families affected by the bombings.
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