BOSTON (CNN) — For Erika Brannock, Monday was a long time coming — 50 days in fact.
That’s how long she was hospitalized after bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon ripped apart her legs.
She was the last of the more than 250 victims from that attack to be released.
“I leave here today — after 11 surgeries, some pretty dark moments, and 50 days in this hospital — with nothing but admiration for this great city,” said Brannock, who was treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
On the day of the marathon, she, her sister and her brother-in-law had gone to watch Brannock’s mother run.
They were standing near the finish line when the bombs went off.
“I fell backwards, and I could see oranges and yellows,” Brannock told CNN on Monday. “I could hear the sirens and people crying and screaming. But I never heard the actual boom.”