Roseann Sdoia lost her leg because of the bombings, but managed to find true love while she healed.
Roseann Sdoia's life turned upside down after falling victim to the Boston Marathon bombing. She remembers waking up in the hospital with an amputated leg when her matchmaker of a mother decided to point out Mike Materia, the man that saved her life.
"In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him," Sdoia told the New York Post. "She was like, 'Oh, did you see that firefighter? He's so cute.' And I was like, 'Mom, I just got blown up.'"
Sdoia, a long-distance runner, was a spectator near the finish line when the pressure cooker bombs went off. Materia was the first person to reach her and accompanied her to Massachusetts General Hospital in a police car.
"I asked him if I was going to die. And he told me that I was going to be okay, that I only had a flesh wound," she said. Unfortunately, that flesh wound turned into an amputation, but Materia was with Sdoia every step of the way as she recovered in the ICU.
"I was probably not the nicest to him from the get-go. I was in pain. But now we laugh and blame it on the morphine," Sdoia said. "He's seen me on my worst day."
In the weeks to come, Materia and Sdoia spent a lot of time together. In a way, this new-found bond helped Sdoia get back on her feet, both physically and emotionally. It was just a matter of time before their friendship turned into something more.
"I knew I was starting to have feelings for him because he was so kind and caring," she said in the New York Post article. "And he has an unbelievable smile."
Two months after the incident, Materia and Sdoia went on their first date. Now, three and a half years later, they are going to get married.
Materia proposed last month with the help of the couple's dog, Sal. As they were sitting on a lookout deck in Nantucket, Sdoia noticed here pup wearing a new tag on his collar. On a closer look and realized it said: "Mike wants to know... If you'll marry him."
"Sal means so much to both of us," she said. "It couldn't have been more romantic. I do feel that, in a sense, some things happen for a reason."