BOSTON, MA – A local Charlotte woman injured during the Boston Marathon is one step closer to heading home.
Charlotte fitness instructor Nicole Gross was seriously hurt in the bombing attack nearly four weeks ago. Friday, she was able to leave the hospital.
She's been moved to a rehab facility in the Boston area. Nicole was up to taking photos Friday morning with her husband, Michael.
He and other family members have been by her side as she recovers.
Michael released a message that he and Nicole wanted to share with all their supporters:
Dear friends and family,
Nicole and I want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support during this very difficult and emotional time. I am happy to tell you Nicole is beginning the next phase of her recovery today by moving from Brigham & Women's Hospital to a rehabilitation center where she will go through weeks of physical therapy. We are determined to come through this stronger than when we arrived for the Boston Marathon almost one month ago. We could not have made it through without the courageous work of rescuers, our devoted doctors and nurses, the unfailing support of the Charlotte Athletic Club where we work, and the love and kindness of friends, family and people we haven't even met. Nicole still faces a long road to recovery, as does her beloved sister Erika, her mother Carol and our entire family, but we are heartened to know as we move forward that we have the support of so many of you in our hometown of Charlotte, in Boston where we've received such kindness and care, and from people in communities around the country. Thank you so much for your heartfelt support.
Nicole still has weeks of rehab ahead. She suffered a compound fracture in her left leg, and a severed Achilles tendon in her right leg during the bombings.
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