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Boston Bombing Survivor Victoria McGrath Meets Hero Who Lied About Being Veteran to Calm Her

A Boston bombing victim was lied to by one of her rescuers who said he was a wounded Afghanistan veteran in order to calm her, but she said she doesn't mind.

Victoria McGrath sustained a serious injury to her leg when it was shredded by shrapnel form one of the bombs. She was five feet from it when it went off and was bleeding profusely, as one of her arteries had ruptured.

Tyler Dodd, an ex-oil rig worker, came to comfort her when he saw her. He said he went through a similar injury when he was on duty in Afghanistan.

Dodd, a recovering alcoholic, said "he saw the terror in the eyes" of the woman and knew he had to talk to her.

"She asked me not to leave her. She was holding my hand. There was some kind of connection on a spiritual level, I would have to say, cause when I told her it was going to be okay, she believed me," he said.

McGrath, who attends Northeastern University, said that Dodd told her he was a Marine. When he told her he was injured in the war, she felt calmer.

When he appeared on the news and was asked about his service, he admitted that he lied to her in order to offer her some comfort.

"He wasn't a combat soldier in Afghanistan - he wasn't in combat," McGrath said. "I don't regret it - I don't regret him telling me that."

McGrath is now recovering from her injuries. She has extensive nerve damage from the bomb when shrapnel tore through it.

She was also recently reunited with three of her other heroes, including Bruce Mendhelson, Alicia Shamba and firefighter Jim Plourde. 

McGrath credits Mendhelson for saving her life, as it was revealed that the tourniquet he applied to her leg could be the reason she is still alive as it stopped the severed artery from bleeding. 

After she began recovering from her injuries, she asked to meet Dodd.

"I had no idea this is what he [God] had planned for me," Dodd said. "It was pure chaos immediately following. There were people screaming, a lot of people with lower extremity injuries, and a lot of blood. It was really surreal. In this situation, you run on autopilot, so you don't have to really feel anything. To be honest with you, I didn't know what to feel at the time. It was an unbelievable scene."

"What sticks out in my mind more than the injuries or the chaos or the trauma was peoples' selflessness in the situation and how many people were willing to help despite police telling us we were in immediate danger."

Sources: Today, Daily Mail


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