Emilio Morenatti, an AP photojournalist who lost a leg while covering Afghanistan in 2009, offers words of hope to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing:
The very instrument that had gotten me into this mess, if you will, became my inspiration and part of my salvation. I carried it with me all the time to photograph the recovery of my hospital mates and to test my own. It took a lot of practice to be able to look through the lens and maintain my balance while walking, as I had done before the amputation. [...]
I have returned to work as a photojournalist with the AP. I have tried to become a better person, sharing my small successes with all the people who have helped me in critical times.