The brothers who each lost a leg in the Boston bombings — Paul and JP Norden of Stoneham, Massachusetts — have been reunited.
According to ABC News, a tearful Paul Norden, 31, told his brother, JP, 33:
"It’s good to see you."
The brothers struggled to embrace from their wheelchairs.
Both lost their right leg and Paul also lost his left foot in the second blast near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15.
The brothers were standing with a group of boyhood friends from Stoneham, including Jarrod Clowery, Marc Fucarile and James Costello, cheering on another friend running the marathon, Mike Jefferson.
All five spectating friends were hit by shrapnell and rushed to area hospitals, three of them lost limbs — the Nordens and Fucarile, who lost his right leg while his left leg was broken.
Paul Norden's girlfriend Jackie Webb had a piece of the bomber's backpack removed from the shrapnel embedded in her leg and handed over to FBI evidence technicians.
An image of Clowery looking dazed and bloodied in a Red Sox sweatshirt and shredded jeans was widely circulated in the aftermath of the blasts, the Boston Globe wrote.
Clowery, 35, was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, while the Nordens had been recovering in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center two blocks away.
Jefferson, meanwhile, now kept constant watch over the pals, the Globe wrote, sleeping outside hospital rooms and fetching water and snacks.
Paul Norden said of Jefferson:
"He blames himself. But I told him: It’s not your fault. That bridge has passed. We have to get to a new place.”
Meanhile, the Norden family members – their mother, father, another brother, two sisters and aunts and uncles – have been visiting both brothers separately.
Jonathan Norden, 28, said he would gladly "give up both of my legs for my brothers."
The brothers have refused to talk about the suspected bombers, with their mother Liz Norden saying:
"They don’t want to even think about those bastards."
Clowery spoke for the group when he said:
"JP tells me, 'Jarrod, you've got nothing to be sorry about…we're going to get through it. I'm going to use this to become better. And that's when I realized: We are crushing whatever little destruction the bombers caused. We are crushing it."