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Manchester woman hit with shrapnel in Boston

New Hampshire Union Leader

April 15. 2013 8:12PM

MANCHESTER -- A city woman who went to Boston to watch the marathon departed Monday night with a piece of shrapnel in her side.

Denise Spenard said she heard the explosion and felt something sharp as the crowd pushed her and her friend, Chris Lewis, into the Atlantic Fish restaurant. She didn't realize she had been injured until she looked down and saw blood on her abdomen.

"I was more nervous than anything else," she said.

She ended up at Massachusetts General Hospital, where doctors took x-rays, found the piece of metal, patched her up and told her to return Friday for surgery, she said.

"It's surreal still," she said of the day. She spoke to the New Hampshire Union Leader early Monday night as her husband drove her home from Boston.

Spenard, a runner herself, said she and Lewis went to Boston to see the race. They were on Boylston Street for about 15 minutes when they heard the explosion. She said it was about a block from where she was standing.

"We saw the big puff of smoke and were pushed into the restaurant. It was too fast," she said. "I knew something was going on."

Her friend, Lewis, said the ground shook, Spenard said.

From inside the restaurant, they heard a second explosion. Even then she did not realize she was bleeding.

She said the scene at the hospital was crazy, with lots of doctors and people with head injuries.

In Manchester, word quickly spread at Spenard's workplace, Easter Seals of New Hampshire.

Larry Gammon, president of Easter Seals, said someone put Spenard into his car and drove her to Massachusetts General.

She called a co-worker to tell her she was OK, Gammon said.

"She got lucky," he said.


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