One of the families hardest hit by the Boston bombings was the Richard's family. The parents have both been released from the hospital and their young son, Martin, was killed. Little seven year old Jane Richard who loved Irish Dancing had to have her leg amputated.
Irish Central recently ran an article updating the world about her condition after eleven surgeries. Here is an excerpt:
An update from the Richard family’s blog on May 9 said that little Jane had just completed a “milestone” surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her 11th surgery finally closed the wound on Jane’s leg, further preparing her for the use of a prosthetic.
“By closing the wound, the incredible medical team at Boston Children’s Hospital laid the groundwork for Jane to take an important step forward on the long and difficult road ahead of her,” the blog read.
However, the family remains cautiously optimistic about progress. Little Jane continues to fight off infections, but should all go well, she could be ready for rehabilitation within the next few weeks.
Heartbreakingly, the update included that, “After not being able to communicate with Jane for the first two weeks, she woke up with difficult questions that needed to be answered. There are not words to describe how hard sharing this heartbreaking news was on all of us.”
The Irish dance community has rallied behind Jane Richard, a dancer with the Clifden Academy, and her family in the wake of the tragic news.
Irish dance groups in Boston organized a massive fundraiser, ‘Dance Out for Jane,’ which saw tens of thousands of dollars raised for the Richard family. Another initiative, ‘Wrapping Jane in Our Love,’ organized completely on Facebook, is collecting Irish dance t-shirts from around the world to make into quilts for Jane.