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June 15, 2013

Officer shot in showdown heads home

BOSTON (AP) — The police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects left the hospital Friday and headed home with a bullet still in his body, nearly two months after the gun battle that severed one of his major arteries.

Officer Richard Donohue walked out of Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on crutches, emerging with his wife to the applause of more than a dozen fellow Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officers.

The 33-year-old MBTA officer spent about a month recovering at Spaulding. He’s been coping with nerve damage that can make it painful to walk, and will continue to do outpatient rehab.

Donohue can take a few steps on his own now and can use a cane to walk. He said he feels his body is improving and that he drew inspiration by exercising at Spaulding alongside those who survived the April 15 bombings near the race’s finish line.

“We’re all on the same track. We all want to get better,” he said. “We’re all working hard to do so.”

The officer said he’s looking forward to being home so he can spend more time with his infant son, see his family’s beagle, sleep in a bigger bed and have “a little more independence and a few less distractions.”

But Donohue said he still has a long way to go before he makes a full recovery. While he wants to get back to work, he doesn’t have a timetable for that yet.

His wife, Kim Donohue, said it will be a proud and tough day for her when he goes back to his job. She described the last two months as a “whirlwind” time when the family got offers of help from all over the world.

The officer said he has no memory of the April encounter on the streets of Watertown, Mass., between police and marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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