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Man Survives Boston Bombing and Texas Blast!

From the Facebook profile of Joe Berti

And you thought you had a long week! Meet Joe Berti, a runner in the Boston Marathon for Champions4Children, a charity that helps kids with rare or undiagnosed diseases and conditions and their families. Barely crossing the finish line seconds before the first bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon, Berti was in his home near Waco, Texas when he witnessed the West Co. Fertilizer Plant explosion that killed at least 15 people and injured more than 160. Berti, when asked if felt unlucky said, “It’s a miracle. People keep saying, ‘Don’t you feel unlucky?’ and I was actually the opposite – saying not only do I not feel unlucky, but I feel blessed that my wife could be 10 yards from the explosion and not have a scratch.” Others weren’t so lucky. A woman running right next to Joe’s wife, Amy, had her leg blown off from the knee down, and also lost all the fingers on her left hand. Joe was hardly home for two days before he witnessed another explosion, this time while heading home from a meeting in Dallas on Interstate 35, near Waco, Texas. “You’ve got to be kidding!”, he thought, as he pulled over to the side of the road and got a picture of the plume of smoke rising from the West Co. fertilizer plant. When suggested by a reporter that Joe should stay home for a while, his wife, Amy, light-heartedly replied, “We need to keep him moving. Maybe he just needs to stand in an open field.” For Joe Berti, the world really is falling apart.

(AP Photo/Joe Berti)

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