A Boston Bombing Survivor Got Engaged To His Nurse

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On April 15, 2013, James “Bim” Costello was walking with some friends toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon to cheer on others when the bombs went off nearby. As the news stories streamed out over the next few days telling the story of the attack, a photo of Costello walking away from the chaotic crowd, hobbling in pain with his clothes shredded from the impact of the blast, became one of the iconic images from that day.

But now, months later, Costello’s convinced his injury was, in fact, a happy accident.

That’s because, after multiples surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital, he was transferred to a rehabilitation center where he met a nurse, Krista D’Agostino, the woman who would eventually become his fiancée.

Costello writes in a recent Facebook post announcing their engagement: “After sharing a handful of conversations I realized not only how beautiful she was but also what a kind heart she had. I somehow convinced her to attend a benefit with me, which turned into a few dates, which turned into a few inseparable months.”

Eight months after the bombing, the couple traveled to Europe with a group of other victims and first responders, and Costello proposed in Lyon, France. The duo recently appeared on the Today Show to discuss their silver-lining love story.

Costello continues: “I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life.”

No, I’m not crying. My allergies are just really bad today.

[h/t Daily Mail]