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Bombing survivor headed home to Newport

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By Abbey Niezgoda

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Crutching in high heels, Newport native Heather Abbott is rounding another corner on her road to recovery.

After nearly a month of surgeries, a wheelchair and physical therapy, Abbott is going to home to Rhode Island for the first time since Marathon Monday, giving the survivor something to look forward to.

"Sleeping in my own bed," Abbott said. "And being able to see all of my friends in Newport at once."

Her positive spirit almost seems to mask the trauma she has been through and the tough decisions she has had to make, like choosing to have part of her leg amputated instead of living with the constant pain.

"At first, it was tough to even get out of bed, but when I walked 10 feet everyone was cheering," Abbott said.

Her nurses were sporting "Heather Strong" t-shirts as doctor talked about the next step. Abbott will be fitted for a prosthetic in the next few weeks.

"If all goes well, hopefully she will be walking without crutches by the end of the summer," Dr. David Crandell said.

Abbott will check out Saturday morning, and make a pit stop at the place she went first on Marathon Monday, Fenway Park.

"I'm throwing out the first pitch," Abbott said. "We had to practice because I've never really thrown a pitch before."

She is relying on practice and patience as she starts to heal, finally at home.

"This is the situation I've been dealt and there's nothing I can do about it," Abbott said. "So I just focus on recovery."

In the meantime, Abbott says she is looking forward to enjoying a nice Newport lobster when she gets home.

"That wasn't on the menu here at the hospital," Abbott joked.

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