Support pours in for newly weds who lost limbs at Boston

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Boston, April 19: Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky Downes, a newly-wed couple, was critically injured as they watched the Boston Marathon on April 15 at the finish line where two deadly bombs went off. Patrick is a graduate from the Boston College and a Cambridge boy and Jessica is an Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) nurse from the West Coast.

Both Patrick and Jessica had lost their left leg below the knee in the bombings and had to be rushed to and treated in various hospitals across the town. But the charm of the lovely couple moved many souls to donate for them and by Thursday night, a fund-raising page set up to pay for the couple's expenditure had raised over 3,00,000 US dollars, a Boston Globe report said.

A Washington couple, who made a contribution, said: "Patrick and Jess, We are newlyweds and your picture reminds us of, well, us."

Another well-wishing family said: "Jess, you have been such an amazing nurse & person to our Dad." The family is one of the patient who was looked after by Jessica during his stay in MGH.

Relatives of the Downes said they did not want to be interviewed in the matter while the friends and well-wishers who created the fund-raising and video-tribute pages refused to come in the limelight and wanted all attention on the couple's recovery.

The Kensky-Downes family, moved by the support, issued a joint statement saying that the support has been so overwhelming that they were at loss of words. They said while the attacks shook their faith on humanity, the support has restored it.

Three people, including an eight-year-old boy, and nearly 180 people were injured in the blasts that rocked the historic Boston marathon.

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