Surviving The Boston Bombings: A Girl Is Reunited With The Men That Saved Her Life (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM EDT

BOSTON, Mass. (www.incnow.tv) -- A survivor of last week's Boston Marathon bombings met the individuals who saved her life.

"I was literally five feet away from where the first bomb went off," Victoria McGarth says of her tragic experience. "I don't know how you can put a bomb there and look at the people around and know that you're going to kill them. I don't understand it."

Her rescue was captured in one of the iconic images that circulated the internet, showing her being carried away from the scene by firefighter Jimmy Plourde.

One of the other men involved in her survival was Bruce Mendelson, a bystander who ran towards the explosions instead of away from them. He was the first to reach Victoria and he used a t-shirt to tie a tourniquet to her left leg.

"The doctor told me if you hadn't done that then I would have died," Victoria told her rescuer as he was visiting her at the hospital. "You saved my life otherwise I would have bled out because it hit my artery."

Mendelson is left speechless.

X-rays show a one-inch piece of shrapnel that tore into Victoria's leg and doctors say it was a matter of centimeters between having a leg and losing a leg.

Tyler Dodd was in a marathon medical tent at the finish line and was the first to see Victoria when she was carried in. To address her hysterics, Dodd told her that he had been hit by shrapnel in Afghanistan and promised she would be ok.

But that was a white lie that Victoria appreciates him telling. He wasn't a soldier in Afghanistan and he wasn't in combat.

But through it all it was a former Navy medic named Alica Shambo who sparked her will to live.

Victorias remembers "it was in the ambulance that I realized that I had to hold on."




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