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‘Perfect Strangers’ in Boston Marathon bombing to wed

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Published : Feb 3, 2017, 6:52 am IST
Updated : Feb 3, 2017, 7:14 am IST

A woman who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing is now engaged to the firefighter who saved her.

Roseann Sdoia and Mike Materia, a firefighter who saved her life, got engaged in December last year.
 Roseann Sdoia and Mike Materia, a firefighter who saved her life, got engaged in December last year.

New York: A woman who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing is now engaged to the firefighter who saved her. Roseann Sdoia tells the New York Post that she and firefighter Mike Materia got engaged during a trip to Nantucket in December.

Ms Sdoia was standing near the finish line during the 2013 Boston Marathon when the bombs went off, badly mangling her leg. Mr Materia rushed to her help and stayed with her on the ride to the hospital. He continued to visit her in intensive care and they struck up a friendship. She shares how her mother played a matchmaker after Mr Materia visited her in the hospital.

 

“In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him,” she said, adding, “'She was like, ‘Oh, did you see that firefighter? He’s so cute.’ And I was like, ‘Mom, I just got blown up’.” Two months after the bombing, they went on their first date. They plan to marry this year and are releasing a book titled Perfect Strangers next month. The book is about four people affected by the bombing.

Tags: boston marathon, firefighter, perfect strangers
Location: United States, New York