A woman who lost her leg in the Boston marathon bombing has married her college sweetheart.
Rebekah Gregory, 28, who was standing just feet from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s bomb when it went off in April 2013, tied the knot with Chris Varney in an intimate ceremony in Jamaica.
Gregory’s marriage to Varney comes after she split from first husband Pete DiMartino, also a survivor of the Boston attack, amid allegations that he repeatedly cheated on her.
Rebekah Gregory, 28, a survivor of the Boston marathon bombing, married college sweetheart Chris Varney in a ceremony involving just the two of them in Jamaica earlier this year
Gregory was standing just feet away from the pressure cooker bomb planted by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan in April 2013 when it went off, leading to part of her left leg being removed
Gregory announced news of her second marriage on Facebook at the end of January, telling fans that she began dating Varney after her first marriage to Pete DiMartino fell apart
Speaking to Inside Edition, Gregory said that her first marriage fell apart after just ten months when she was sent an anonymous note detailing DiMartino’s infidelity.
It said: ‘He has been cheating on you since you met him. And he is still cheating now. Make the best decision. Leave before he causes more damage.’
Shocked, Gregory confronted DiMartino over the alleged infidelities, which he firmly denied.
But then came copies of intimate text messages allegedly sent between DiMartino and another woman which led to her filing for divorce, claiming ‘committed adultery’ on the papers.
In theory, Gregory and DiMartino were perfect for each other – having dated for a year before going to the Boston marathon to stand in the crowd to watch DiMartino’s mother finish the race.
Both of them were injured in the blast, with Gregory suffering severe injuries to her left leg that eventually had to be amputated after 27 surgeries.
Meanwhile DiMartino was left with a shattered ankle, a ruptured eardrum, and lost his right Achilles tendon in the explosion.
Gregory had been attending the Boston marathon with DiMartino and their story of joint recovery captured the heart of the nation before the couple announced their engagement and marriage
Shortly after her leg was removed, Gregory received an anonymous letter alleging that DiMartino had been cheating on her, followed by a series of intimate texts between him and another woman, leading to divorce
Their story of struggle and survival, and their shared healing process, enraptured the hearts of the nation, and soon they were engaged to be married.
But by February last year, shortly after Gregory’s leg was amputated, the union fall apart with Gregory saying at the time that the bombing ‘put a fast-forward on our relationship.’
However, a chance meeting in August the same year would lead to Gregory falling in love all over again with former college boyfriend Varney.
She wrote on her Facebook page: ‘When I was 18 years old I met a boy in college who I fell head over heels for right away.
‘It wasn’t long before craziness ensued and I found myself transferring back home when my sister became very ill.
‘That was the last day I ever saw him until this past August, when he happened to come to Houston on a business trip, and I happened to be totally free for dinner.
‘I was pleasantly surprised to find that same boy turned into an amazing man.
Gregory’s public story of recovery following the Boston bombing has turned her into a public figure, particularly the moment she completed the marathon on her new prosthetic leg
Gregory was pictured breaking down on the finish line before having to be carried away by staff at the event after being overcome with emotion
‘And even at a time, when I thought for sure I would live alone, and was sick of having my heart ripped open, the moment I saw him I was 18 again, and nothing else mattered.’
The pair began dating, before deciding to get married and setting a date for early this year.
Unlike her first ‘dream wedding’, Gregory opted this time for a completely private ceremony, just her and Vardy, on the beach in Jamaica.
She added: ‘Here I am starting 2016, married to my college love, and excited about all the possibilities for our future.
‘And if the last 10 years is what I had to go through to get me to this point, then I would do it (most of it) all again.
‘Because of everything I’ve experienced, I appreciate my life so much more and when I least expected it and wasn’t at all looking, the best person showed up to appreciate it with me.
‘So no matter what happens, no storm is too great…to see the sunshine at the end.’