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Boston bomb victim proposes to nurse he met in recovery

“I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life,” said victim James Costello

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A Boston bombing victim who suffered serious burns has proposed to a nurse he met during his recovery; love, it seems, can blossom in the worst of times.

James Costello, 31, from Massachusetts, popped the question to nurse Krista D’Agostino while on holiday in Europe. The couple got engaged eight months after Costello headed towards the Boston marathon finish line as two bombs exploded, killing 270 people.

The Daily Mail reported that his right leg and arm suffered serious burns that needed pig skin grafts.

“April 15 was one of the worst days of my life,” Costello wrote in a Facebook post. “I soon wondered why and for what reason this had happened.”

However, after undergoing multiple surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital, he was moved to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where Krista D’Agostino worked.

“A few days later I saw a nurse in passing, this would turn out to be Krista, who had shared a few mutual friends, but we had never crossed paths before,” he wrote on Facebook.

“After sharing a handful of conversations I realized not only how beautiful she was but also what a kind heart she had. I somehow convinced her to attend a benefit with me, which turned into a few dates, which turned into a few inseparable months.

“I’m happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together,” he said, via Facebook. “I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life.”

In a photo posted to Facebook, D’Agostino showed off her engagement ring, with Lyon’s carousel in the background.

Costello undergoes daily physical therapy to strengthen his weakened leg muscles. Metal shavings of bomb debris continue to work their way out of the skin on his right arm, the Daily Mail reported.