LITHICUM, Md - Fifty days of doctors, hospitals, operations and fearing the worse...
Fifty days of love from the people of Boston who helped her and her family feel like a part of their community...
Time spent waiting for the moment when Erika Brannock could come home for hugs...
Brannock is the last of the Boston bombing victims to be released from the hospital. She lost a part of her left leg, and her right leg was also damaged from the terrorist blast.
After all her struggles, being home means the world. Being with family and friends means everything.
"It's wonderful," she said. "It's really good to be with the people who know me the best and to finally be home with them, it's a little overwhelming too..."
The road back to normal is a long one.
Brannock says she's starting rehab in Baltimore tomorrow as she sets her goal doing things she took for granted.
Simple things that are now very hard to do.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of adjustments I have to learn to walk again. I'm going to have to learn how to change a lot of things in my life and be more patient with myself in that whole process of learning to do things that I have done for so long again." she said.
Ericka says she remembers everything that happened to her that day.
She says they were waiting for their mom to finish the marathon when everything seemed to go quiet.
She says she saw flashes of yellow and orange and remembers falling to the ground
Then, she found an angel.
“I had this conversation with God in my head that I’m not ready to go yet, and a woman, as if he had heard my thoughts, came over to me and grabbed my hand and said, 'I'm Joan from California. I'm not going to let you go.' She started screaming for people to come take care of me. She actually took her belt off to use as a tourniquet for my leg, and if it weren't for her screaming for everyone, I don't think I'd be alive." Brannock said.
Brannock says she's never stopped thinking about Joan from California and has been searching as much as she can to find the woman to thank her for saving her life.
Meantime, a fund has been set up to help her with the costs.
For more information, you can go to thebrannockfund.com .
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