WELLINGTON, Fla. - The impact of the Boston Marathon bombing is being felt in south Florida. A former Palm Beach County resident is currently recovering in a Boston hospital bed after she was named by bomb debris. The victim's brother, who lives in Greenacres, is praying for a full recovery.
Just a few feet from the first finish line blast was former Floridian Lee Ann Yanni. She and her husband, Nick, had front row seats to the finish of the Boston Marathon. Yanni is being treated at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, with her husband by her side.
"I'm not exactly sure where it was detonated," said Yanni. "It sounded really close. We were probably about ten feet from the finish line." The finish line was 'ground zero' on Monday afternoon. "It was quite loud and could definitely smell the smoke and everything when it happened," said Yanni.
Soon after it happened, Yanni's brother, Terry Lisi of Greenacres, was frantic. Lisi said he saw his sister on live television as she was carted off on a medical stretcher.
"Me and my sister, we just lost our father in October so I just didn't want to go through this again," said Lisi.
On Thursday evening, Lisi and hundreds of other members of Wellington's 'Fit2Run' running group hit the pavement in honor of the bombing victims, including his sister.
"They were close enough where it knocked them both down and she was hit by the shrapnel in her leg," he said.
Yanni sustained a broken lower leg and because of the injuries from the shrapnel, she must undergo skin graft surgery on Friday. The power and volume of the blast also punctured her husband's ear drum.
An estimated 200 people turned out for the 'Run For Peace' in Wellington. "I'm not going to stop," said Lisi. "I'm not going to let these people get the best of me."
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