Boston Bombing Survivor Writes “Break Up Letter” to Her Leg

Brave Rebekah smiling in hospital after her successful surgeryYou know that old saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade? Well, here’s a story of a remarkable woman who has done just that, in spades!

Rebekah DiMartino was standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon with her son Noah when the two bombs went off. Fortunately, Noah and her then-boyfriend, now-husband Pete, only suffered minor injuries, but Rebekah’s left leg was seriously damaged.

After 17 surgeries, in which Rebekah lost much of the flesh of her leg as well as several toe bones, had metal plates, screws and rods implanted to stabilize her limb and even had live flesh from her back transplanted to her leg, she’d finally had enough of the constant pain.

Though doctors said there was still hope that the limb could be saved, Rebekah decided to have the limb amputated below the knee. On the morning of her surgery, which took place in Houston, she posted this message to Facebook: "Today is the day I say goodbye to what is holding me back, and I reclaim my life. And man is that a good feeling."

Not only was her attitude incredible, her sense of humor was intact as she gave her left foot one final pedicure and scrawled, “It’s not you, it’s me” in black marker on the portion of her leg being removed.

This Houston podiatrist takes his hat off to Rebekah and her incredible bravery. The whole Tanglewood Foot Specialists team wishes her an easy transition into the next stage of her life!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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