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Torrance Man Critically Injured In Boston Bombings Talks About His Recovery

by on June 8, 2013

CBS Los Angeles

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BOSTON ( — A Torrance businessman who was critically injured in April’s Boston Marathon bombings opened up about his road to recovery.

Just weeks away from retirement, John Odom went to Boston with his wife, Karen, to catch a Red Sox game and see their daughter, Nicole Reis, run the April 15 race.

“It was a perfect day for the runners. It was a gorgeous day,” he said.

Before Odom’s daughter could cross the finish line, however, the first bomb detonated just 10 feet away from him.

Shrapnel went through both of Odom’s legs and severed an artery.

After being unconscious for four weeks and undergoing 11 surgeries in Boston, Odom said he’s accomplished things he never thought possible.

“I started walking. The first time, I think I took five steps, and then I did 34 steps, and then I did 50 steps,” he said.

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