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Boston Marathon Survivor Is Engaged To Firefighter Who Saved Her Life

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Roseann Sdoia, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, is marrying the firefighter who rescued her on April 15, 2013.

Sdoia had been standing by the finish line of the marathon for about 15 minutes waiting for her friends to cross when her life completely changed.

Roseann Sdoia in the hospital after the bombings.
Roseann Sdoia in the hospital after the bombings.

Shortly after the first pressure cooker bomb went off, a second one, which Sdoia was standing in close proximity to, detonated.

“Initially, I was thinking that I was going to die right there, unless someone helps me,” she told CBC News.

“In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him”

- Roseann Sdoia on how her romance with Mike Materia began.

After a stranger made her a tourniquet using his own belt, Mike Materia, a firefighter, saw Sdoia on the ground, swept her off the sidewalk and transported her to the hospital. Along the way he comforted her.

“I asked him if I was going to die. And he told me that I was going to be OK, that I only had a flesh wound,” she told the New York Post.

Her right leg was later amputated due to the severity of her injuries.

Materia came by the hospital a few days later to check in when he caught Sdoia’s mother’s eye.

“In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him,” Sdoia told the Post.

Her mother’s persistence paid off, and the two struck up a friendship. In fact, when Sdoia left the hospital about a month later, Materia embraced her in front of a crowd of reporters.

Boston Firefighter Mike Materia lifts up Roseann Sdoia to hug her after a press conference.
Boston Firefighter Mike Materia lifts up Roseann Sdoia to hug her after a press conference.

A romance soon blossomed. In early December 2016, Materia proposed with a little help from the couple’s dog, Sal, who wore an engraved tag that read: “Mike wants to know ... If you’ll marry him.”

On Feb. 1, the happy couple is celebrating their engagement by participating Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City, in which participants run up the 86 floors, taking more than 1,500 steps to benefit charity.

The couple plans on having a small wedding in October or November, according to the New York Post.

The Huffington Post reached out to Sdoia but did hear back by the time of publication. We will update this story accordingly.

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