Last of Boston Bombing Victims Home
John Odom, right, and his wife Karen Odom leave the terminal at Atlantic Aviation at Los Angeles International Airport, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Odom was badly injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and is finally home after spending months in the hospital and physical therapy in Boston. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson) MAGS OUT; NO SALES
Los Angeles (ap) — A Southern California man who almost didn’t survive the Boston Marathon bombing has returned home after five months of recovery and rehabilitation.
The Torrance, Calif., Daily Breeze reported that 65-year-old John Odom and his wife, Karen, were greeted by a throng of well-wishers at an El Segundo restaurant on Friday.
Odom is the last of the April 15 bombing victims to go home.
He and his wife were standing near the finish line when the first of two bombs went off. Shrapnel severed arteries in both his legs and he lost a tremendous amount of blood. He underwent 11 operations and was unconscious and in critical condition for nearly three weeks. While a doctor declared he was healthy enough to travel, Odom will continue outpatient therapy now that he’s home in Torrance.