Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Brothers Lose Legs In Explosion At Boston Marathon

BOSTON, (UPI) — For one Boston-area family, an explosion at the Boston Marathon turned into a double tragedy when brothers watching the race each lost a leg.

The brothers, one aged 33 and the other, 31, were watching the race from the finish line, The Boston Globe reported. They had come to Boston from the suburbs north of the city to watch a friend compete.

Liz Norden, their mother, said she first learned what had happened in a phone call Monday afternoon from the younger son. He called her from an ambulance, telling her: “Ma, I’m hurt real bad.”

That son knew only that his older brother had been injured as well, but not how seriously or which hospital he was in. It turned out the younger son was in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the older at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and both had legs injured so severely they would need amputation.

“I’d never imagined in my wildest dreams this would ever happen,” Norden said Monday night.

She was waiting outside the emergency room at Beth Israel, unable to see either son and unwilling to make their names public until she had talked to them. The younger son’s girlfriend was also hurt and was in a third hospital.

Mike Fitzpatrick, the brothers’ friend, said he never finished the race. He was about a quarter of a mile from the finish line in the Back Bay when Marathon officials began stopping runners from going farther.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Brothers Lose Legs In Explosion At Boston Marathon”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.