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Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Donations Pour In For Couple Wounded In Boston Bombings

Victims' Families Say Donations Restored Their Faith In Humanity
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Patrick and Jessica Downes (credit: GiveForward.com)

Patrick and Jessica Downes (credit: GiveForward.com)

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BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – The families of a newlywed couple wounded in the Boston Marathon bombings who both suffered a leg amputation below the knee are thanking supporters for an outpouring of donations.

The families of Patrick and Jessica Downes said Thursday that the generosity from friends and strangers has restored their faith in humanity.

More than 4,400 people have donated more than $248,000 to the couple through a page hosted by GiveForward.com.

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The families say they don’t want the couple to worry about paying for prosthetics and modifications to their home during the recovery process.

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Patrick, 30, and Jessica, 32, are in stable condition and recovering from surgery. They were married in Boston in August.

Jessica Downes is a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. Patrick Downes graduated from Boston College.

President Barack Obama visited some patients still recovering from their injuries at Mass General after delivering remarks at an interfaith service in honor of the three people killed and nearly 200 others injured in Monday’s twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

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