After 11 Surgeries, Boston Survivor Heads Home

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 4, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM UTC
John Odom returns home nearly five months after the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo:

He didn’t know if he’d ever walk again.

Despite the fact that the tragedy at the finish line of this year’s Boston Marathon is now nearly five months in the past, there are still survivors from the terrorist bombings who haven’t been home yet.

One of them is John Odom.

CBS Boston is reporting that Odom is finally well enough to fly home to California.

“Karen [Odom's wife] and I will be able to walk down to the village where we live, grab a cup of coffee and walk along the beach. In the evening, we can have a glass of wine on the balcony of our home and watch the sunset. I cannot wait for that,” he said.

Odom underwent 11 surgeries on his leg and didn’t know if he’d ever walk again.

He now walks with a brace and uses a cane.

In Boston, Odom spent countless hours at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. A month ago, he put his shoe on for the first time since the tragedy.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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