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Boston bombing victim to return home to Newport

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If you were to simply look at Boston Marathon bombing victim Heather Abbott you might see a woman who lost part of her left leg in a tragic accident.

But if you talk with Abbott, you'll understand few people are quite as whole as she.

"I've decided that there's nothing I can do about it and that the best thing I can do going forward is focus on recovery," she said.

Always smiling ear-to-ear, Abbott has become something of a New England media darling after the April 15 bombings because she embodies the slogan of the city after the tragedy – Boston Strong.

At a press conference Friday her doctors wore T-shirts that read "Heather Strong", as she walked on crutches wearing high heels.

"To show how much I've progressed since I had to be wheeled in to my last conference, you know I'm crutching on heels now," Abbott said.

Abbott on Friday finished her rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass.

Before returning to Newport, she'll be honored Saturday at Fenway Park's annual Rhode Island Day by throwing out the first pitch.

"We practiced because I've never really thrown a pitch before," Abbott said.

Abbott was at Fenway Park during Patriots Day before she went to the Boston Marathon finish line, and before her life changed forever.

Abbott said she's looking forward to getting back to life as she knew it in Newport. She's also looking forward to getting a prosthetic leg as quickly as possible and running around like she always has.

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