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Mother reflects on her sons' Marathon bombing injuries

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BOSTON (WHDH) - To mark one year since the Marathon bombings, two survivors, the Norden brothers, crossed the finish line together after walking several miles along the 26.2-mile course.

J.P. and Paul both lost legs during last year’s attack, and this year, their mother reflected on the incident and talked about what she wants to see happen moving forward.

“I dropped the phone. I couldn’t even comprehend what I was being told and I didn’t know and when I picked up the phone, the ambulance driver was saying, ‘it was real serious, just get to the hospital,” said Liz Norden.

Those moments are still vivid for her.

“It was horrible, and they were burnt. They had no eyebrows, they had no eyelashes. Their hair was singed, they had burns over 50 percent of their bodies. I mean, when I tell you no one should ever have to endure what those boys and all the other victims, but I’m talking for my boys. It was awful,” she said.

Norden’s sons don’t talk about the two bombing suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but she has.

“My sons feel that what happened to them, happened to them and whatever happens is not going to bring their legs back.  But me as their mom, seeing what they endured, and what they went through, I have so much hatred. I feel terrible for what everyone went through and it is just sad,” she said.

Norden said she planned to attend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial because she wants to know what happened to her sons on that day.

“It's important for me to find out, and I know I'll never get the answers I'm looking for, but I think to start the healing process for myself, it's something that I have to do,” she said.

Norden said she believed Tsarnaev should get the death penalty, if convicted, because of the destruction from that day.

She has spent hours at the gym with her sons during their rehabilitation.

“To see Paul peddle a bike and J.P. work out...it's different...It's a new normal for them you know, it's different what they do. But it's just so good to see that they're really on the straight and narrow, like, getting back to where they were,” she said.

Norden said she tries to keep a positive outlook on life and thanked her friends, neighbors, and strangers for their support.

“If it wasn't for the American people, I don't know how we would have gotten through it. But your life can change in the blink of an instant. And we were just ordinary people that you read about in the news. You never think it's going to happen to you,” she said.
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