Towson teacher, victim of Boston bombing, set to leave hospital

Erika Brannock, the Towson-area pre-school teacher who had part of her leg amputated as a result of injuries received during the Boston Marathon bombings, is scheduled to be released from the hospital Monday.

She will return to the Baltimore area, where she will enter a rehabilitation center, a family spokesperson confirmed Sunday.

Brannock and her sister, Nicole Gross, were injured in the April 15 bombings. Brannock suffered injuries that resulted in her losing her lower left leg, while Gross suffered two broken legs and a severed Achilles tendon. The young women were waiting at the finish line for their mother, Carol Downing of Monkton, to finish the race. Gross' husband Michael Gross, was also injured.

The 29-year-old Brannock, of Cockeysville, is the last of the patients hospitalized at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after the marathon.

Her mother had been scheduled to run in an event Saturday in Howard County sponsored by the Howard County Striders to raise money for the marathon victims, but had to withdraw to be with her daughter. The family lived in Howard County as the sisters were growing up, and both Brannock and Gross graduated from Mount Hebron High School.

Downing, 57, said last week that the "strength and positive attitudes of my daughters has helped me through this ordeal."

She said Brannock, a teacher at Trinity Episcopal Children's Center in Towson, "is making progress."

Downing said Nicole Gross returned to her home in Charlotte, N.C., May 18 "and is doing very well walking on crutches. Michael has been constantly by her side since the injuries and is now by her side at home taking care of her."

Stan Rappaport of the Baltimore Sun Media Group contributed to this report.

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