JHU School of Nursing alumna injured in Boston Marathon bomb blast

2009 graduate, her husband each lost left leg below knee, friend says

Jessica Kensky, a 2009 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and her husband, Patrick Downes, were among those injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon, The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday.

Kensky, 32, and Downes, 29, who were married in August and live in Cambridge, Mass., each lost their left leg below the knee in one of the blasts, a friend said.

"What gives me comfort in this whole thing is the fact that they'll be going through what sounds like a pretty similar rehabilitation process," Tom Treacy told The Journal. "The fact that they'll be there for each other is what will allow me to get some sleep tonight."

Kensky worked as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital for two years after graduating from the School of Nursing, and more recently worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Friends of the couple set up a web page on giveforward.com late Wednesday "in order to give friends and family a place to post comments of love and support." Visitors to the web page can also make donations "that will go towards the medical bills and out-of-pocket costs associated with both of their surgeries and rehabilitation."

As of noon Thursday, the site had collected more than 3,300 donations totaling nearly $190,000.

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