AYER - Good news for Ayer native Brittany Loring. Boston Medical Center reports on Wednesday that the 29 year old bombing victim's condition has improved to "serious condition." On Tuesday, Loring was listed as being in "critical" condition.
Loring remains hospitalized following injury to her head, leg and fingers in Monday's bombing attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line.
Loring is the daughter of Nashoba Valley Fitness Center owners Dan Loring and Pam Lambert-Loring.
The Ayer selectmen opened Tuesday night meeting with a moment of silence for the bombing victims killed and injured. Chairman Jim Fay requested "exceptional prayers" for Loring, and expressed thanks for first responders on the scene.
"We pray that those responsible for this horrific tragedy are brought to justice," said Fay. "Continue to pray for Brittany. We hold her in our thoughts and prayers."
Upon hearing news of the groundswell of support for his daughter, Dan Loring asked Wednesday for a simple message to be conveyed to the community.
"Thank them for me."
According to a Facebook posting from the woman's aunt, MaryLou Lambert, Brittany Loring was "at the finish line with her best friend Liza waiting to cheer their friend Megan through. It was seconds after they blew kisses of congratulations to Megan that they were struck in the bombing."
Brittany Loring was injured, as was her friend and fellow Boston College classmate, Liza Cherney.
Lambert said she saw Brittany on Monday night and she was in stable condition with a "fractured skull and a major open wound to her femur."
Due for surgery Monday night, Lambert said Loring's procedure was postponed until Tuesday morning along with a CT scan.
"She has shrapnel in various places of her body and lacerations," wrote Lambert. "She is a strong young woman and remains positive, even after all of this trauma."
"Many thanks to all of you from our family," said Lambert.
Monday was Brittany Loring's 29th birthday.
Reached on Tuesday, Philomena Loring, Brittany's grandmother who lives on Rosewood Avenue, said that Brittany's parents were bedside at the hospital. Brittany Longing is the eldest of the couple's three daughters, who include Alyssa and Amanda Loring.
Brittany Loring is enrolled at Boston College where she is simultaneously seeking a degree in law and a Masters in Business Administration.
On Tuesday, Boston College held a Mass of Healing and Hope to pray for all of the Loring, Cherney and all the victims of the attack. Like Loring, Cherney is also studying for her M.B.A. The mass was to be celebrated by University President William Leahy.
"The two spectators were hospitalized with injuries resulting from the explosions near the Marathon finish line," according to a Boston College press release issued Tuesday.
Brittany is also a runner. According to online information, Loring finished 80th in the Boston College MBA 5K, which was run on April 6 in Chestnut Hill.
But, on Monday, Philomena Loring said Brittany and Brittany's friend were on the sidelines, cheering on a third friend participating in this year's 117th Boston Marathon.
"She was at the marathon, and now she's in the hospital," said Philomena Loring about her granddaughter. "She has a bad leg, cuts and bruises, and cuts to her hands and fingers. They're working on her right now."
On Tuesday, Philomena Loring said she hasn't been able to visit with her granddaughter yet but has been advised by her son Dan on her status.
"We've had so many calls. Everybody's just upset over it," said Philomena Loring. "I put her on the prayer line at my church" at the Ayer Federated Church of God.
In addition to fielding calls, Philomena said she's been riveted to the television accounts of the terrorist attack. "I watched it yesterday and last night. Then I tried to relax by doing some baking to keep my mind busy."
"It was awful. She was running down the street. They put her in a wheelchair, got her into an ambulance and got her to the hospital," said Loring.
"Why would somebody do this? You know?"
The Loring family released a statement on Thursday. On behalf of Brittany's parents, sisters, and her fiancee John, the family wished to "thank those individuals who saved her life and saved the lives of so many others." The family also thanked "everyone who has passed along prayers and well-wishes to Brittany and her loved ones."
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that supporters and well-wishers donate to a recovery fund that has been established for Brittany at:
Recovery Fund for Brittany A. Loring
9 Leominster Connector
Leominster, MA 01453
Two bombs, exploding seconds apart near the finish line at about 2:50 p.m. on Monday, killed three people and wounded more than 170 others.
Those with information are being asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) & choose prompt #3. To email photos or other information, you can contact the FBI at Boston@ic.fbi.gov.
Donations are being sought to provide relief to bombing victims and their families at www.onefundboston.com.
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