Two victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with ties to North Kingstown recently had an inspiring visit in their hospital room at Boston Medical Center.
Celeste and Sydney Corcoran are a mother-daughter pair who were both severely hurt in the marathon explosions.
After the initial round of surgeries were over, two U.S. Marines stopped by the Corcorans' room to give them a boost while they continue to recover.
But these were no ordinary Marines.
Each suffered similar injuries in combat, requiring leg amputations, and went through the same recovery process that these two brave women, but especially Celeste, will have to go through.
Daughter Sydney was wounded by shrapnel, suffered an ankle injury, and had her femoral artery torn in the blast. Her mother, Celeste, lost both her legs below the knee in the explosion.
But the supportive Marines assured the two women that life will eventually go on as normal, even offering specific advice to Celeste as it pertained to prosthetics.
On Monday night Celeste's brother-in-law, Tim Corcoran, spoke with NBC 10 from his home in Warwick.
He said that both Celeste and Sydney have been cleared from any more surgeries, which is a victory after the week they've been through.
Sydney will celebrate her 19th birthday in the hospital on Tuesday.
Despite the difficult circumstances, the teenager said she feels extremely lucky that she, and all of her family members who were watching the Boston Marathon that day, are still alive.