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Marathon bombing victim home at last, if briefly
Martha Galvis, left, and her husband, Alvaro, right, enjoy a visit from their neighbor while Martha was in the hospital recuperating from injuries she sustained in the Boston Marathon bombing. (Courtesy)
However, she will be heading back to Boston next Wednesday for her ninth, and hopefully last, surgery for a skin graft on her severely damaged hand.
Still, despite being back only temporarily, Alvaro said Martha is glad to be home. He said that being in a hospital for so long, surrounded by other patients, unfamiliar surroundings and doctors was starting to weigh on her.“Everything is a relief to have her home. It was too tense and too demanding to be at the hospital. It is different being home, but while it is nice, it will still take some time to adjust,” Alvaro said.Since coming home on Saturday, Alvaro said he and Martha have been busy, with a constant stream of physical and occupational therapists and nurses coming to work with Martha.
Martha, who is also learning to walk again because her leg was severely damaged, is still unsure how long she will have to spend in the hospital after her surgery next week.
Alvaro will undergo an MRI in September, when doctors will be able to determine whether the growth is expanding.
Alvaro added that he and Martha are also in the process of finding out how much of their medical costs their insurance company will cover.
“I still don’t know how much medical debt we are in,” Alvaro said.
To help with their expenses, Alvaro and Martha’s children set up the Galvis Fund on www.giveforward.com, which has raised more than $60,000 to help cover their quickly ballooning expenses.