LOWELL, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A Boston Marathon bombing victim who thought she might have to miss one of high school's biggest milestones - the prom – proved herself wrong Tuesday night and joined her class for the first time since the April 15 attack.
Sydney Corcoran may be on crutches, but the 18-year-old did not let that stop her from attending her very first prom at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
"They're definitely happy tears. I'm definitely happy to be here and that's why I get emotional, ‘cause I'm just so happy to see everyone," Sydney told FOX 25's Heather Hegedus.
Earlier in the day, Sydney took pictures with her boyfriend in her parents' driveway. She had a corsage around her wrist, her hair and makeup both professionally done; however, her pedicure was done by her mother.
Sydney was standing at the Boston Marathon finish line with her family when the first bomb went off. Her mother, Celeste, lost both of her legs and Sydney's foot was severely damaged.
"I had a hole in it, and it was hollow. There was a little piece of bone missing, and the tendon is broken, and it was so hollow it almost went to the bottom of my foot," Sydney said.
As she lay in a hospital bed, the thought of attending her prom seemed downright impossible, but Sydney says her time in rehab helped her realize she could do this.
Sydney says her foot is still numb and she's still in pain, but her foot is healing. The main concern on her mind at prom is dancing.
"I can't put any weight on my right foot so that would be difficult. I can hop a little, but that might be dangerous," she said.
When Sydney gets frustrated with her situation, all she has to do is think about her mom who is waiting to be fitted with prosthetic legs.
"There's some tough days and yesterday I had kind of a down day, but you just get through those days and you just power on, and the next day is another day, and it is prom day. So you can't be sad on prom day," Sydney said.
And there was definitely no reason to be sad when Sydney was crowned prom queen.
Sydney's next goal is to walk across the stage in a week when she graduates. She says she will see her surgeon next week and he'll be able to tell her if she can walk on her own without her crutches.
Sydney plans to attend Merrimack College in the fall and major in psychology.