Newlyweds who lost their legs in Boston Marathon bombing have found a surprising way to heal

Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were very happy on the morning of April 15, 2013, as they stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A terrorist bomb took a leg from each of them that day, reports Allison Klein for the Washington Post. 

Complications later caused Jessica to have the other leg amputated as well. The couple lived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for three years to receive care from experts in blast injuries.

Kensky struggled with depression, but Rescue, her service dog, made her happy. So Jessica has told their story in a new children’s book,¬†Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.

The book is intended for 5 to 9-year-olds and does not tell how Jessica was hurt or discuss the Boston terror attack. The book’s illustrator, Scott Magoon, survived the attack uninjured.

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