Heartbreaking: Newlyweds Each Lose Leg in Boston Marathon Tragedy

Often times fate has a larger plan. In the years coming, we expect this to be a story of adversity of triumph.

Newlyweds Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky were watching the Boston Marathon when the bombs detonated and, according to WSJ, have  ”each lost their left leg below the knee.”

Source: Facebook.com

Source: Facebook.com

Mr. Downes, 29 years old, a psychology doctorate student, and Ms. Kensky, 32 years old, a nurse  were married in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 25th of last year, according to their wedding registry, which is still up on theknot.com.

Source: Facebook.com

Source: Facebook.com


CBS Sacramento did a piece on the couple as Ms. Kensky is a graduate of St. Francis High School in San Jose, California.

Fortunately, the two will have each other as they go through similar rehabilitation processes. Tom Treacy, a close friend said,  “This situation would be a completely different conversation if they were on their own.”  (via WSJ)

From CBS Boston:

A website was set up to raise money that will go toward the couple’s medical bills and related costs. The site received so many hits it crashed Wednesday. It describes two kind, selfless people who seemed like an unlikely match, but fell in love.

…[Jessica] is described as selfless and funny, but tough and confident.

Patrick Downes is Boston through and through, with an “accent that makes it impossible to tell if he’s saying “parking” or “packing.” He bawled when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004.

He graduated from Boston College and was “nicknamed ‘Jesus’ in high school for his goodness,” the website says.

“She has the spirit of a lion, and combined with Patrick’s good (the most good!) heart and interminable support for his wife,” the website says, “I have no doubt in my mind that they will persevere through this horrific time and will soon enough lead happy, normal, fulfilling lives.”

1 Comment

  1. April 18, 2013  2:18 pm by Jackie Wellfonder Reply

    Wow, the resiliency of the human spirit is amazing. I will be praying for this couple!