N.H. Couple Injured In Marathon Bombing Dealing With Medical Costs, Mental Impact

May 16, 2013

Martha and Alvaro Galvis of Nashua were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.
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A month after the Boston Marathon bombings, a Nashua husband and wife injured in the blast are raising money for mounting medical costs.

But they are also still dealing with the psychological impact of the tragedy.

After the Boston Marathon bombing, Martha Galvis lost the ring finger on her left hand and nearly had to have her left leg amputated.

She’s had four surgeries on her hand and is due for a fifth next week.

Her husband Alvaro Galvis, who sustained less serious injuries, says their health insurance only covers so much because several of his wife’s procedures are considered elective.

“Her left knee needs to be sort of reconstructed. And then her left hand, she will need a lot of care and a lot of cosmetic surgery and physical therapy. The cost is going to be large after all this.”

He says he plans to file a request for assistance from the One Fund Boston.

But the family has started its own fundraising effort online, which has raised about $50,000 of their $500,000 goal.

Going to the marathon was a tradition for the couple, but he says they don’t plan on returning next year.

“The impact of the tragedy is so deep, I have never experienced anything like it in my life. It will take time to heal, so we made the decision not to attend any large gathering.”

And Galvis says he plans to attend a court date in June, where he hopes to find out more about the surviving bombing suspect’s motives.