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Boston Officer Leaves Hospital

  • Transit police officer Richard Donohue, center, leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, followed by his wife Kim, left, Friday, June 14, 2013. Donohue was injured during  a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Transit police officer Richard Donohue, center, leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, followed by his wife Kim, left, Friday, June 14, 2013. Donohue was injured during a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Transit police officer Richard Donohue, front right, leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, followed by his wife Kim, center, Friday, June 14, 2013. Donohue was injured during a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Transit police officer Richard Donohue, front right, leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, followed by his wife Kim, center, Friday, June 14, 2013. Donohue was injured during a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Transit police officer Richard Donohue, left, takes a crutch from his wife Kim as he prepares to leave Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Friday, June 14, 2013. Donohue was injured during  a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Transit police officer Richard Donohue, left, takes a crutch from his wife Kim as he prepares to leave Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Friday, June 14, 2013. Donohue was injured during a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Transit police officer Richard Donohue, right, and his wife Kim speak with reporters before leaving Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Friday, June 14, 2013. Dononhue was injured during  a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Transit police officer Richard Donohue, right, and his wife Kim speak with reporters before leaving Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Friday, June 14, 2013. Dononhue was injured during a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Transit police officer Richard Donohue, center, leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, followed by his wife Kim, left, Friday, June 14, 2013. Donohue was injured during  a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Transit police officer Richard Donohue, front right, leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, followed by his wife Kim, center, Friday, June 14, 2013. Donohue was injured during a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Transit police officer Richard Donohue, left, takes a crutch from his wife Kim as he prepares to leave Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Friday, June 14, 2013. Donohue was injured during  a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Transit police officer Richard Donohue, right, and his wife Kim speak with reporters before leaving Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Friday, June 14, 2013. Dononhue was injured during  a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston — The police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects left the hospital yesterday and headed home with a bullet still in his body, nearly two months after the gun battle that severed one of his major arteries.

Officer Richard Donohue walked out of Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on crutches, emerging with his wife to the applause of more than a dozen fellow Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officers.

The 33-year-old MBTA officer spent about a month recovering at Spaulding. He’s been coping with nerve damage that can make it painful to walk, and will continue to do outpatient rehab.

Donohue can take a few steps on his own now and can use a cane to walk. He said he feels his body is improving and that he drew inspiration by exercising at Spaulding alongside those who survived the April 15 bombings near the race’s finish line.