In a three-hour operation Monday afternoon — midway through which Abbott's family and the entire hospital joined in the citywide moment of silence — doctors removed her leg several inches below the knee. Her father said everything went well.
"She's my hero," Dale Abbott said, his voice cracking with emotion. "She's stronger than I am. I'm constantly having meltdowns, and she knows what has to be done, and she's right there with it."
Doctors told his daughter it would be about four weeks before she could be fitted with a temporary prosthetic.
Floating on a cloud of pain medication and family/friend support in the days before the surgery, Abbott hadn't watched any television until Monday morning. To brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged bombers, she has given hardly a thought.
"People have let me know that the second one (Dzhokhar) was caught," she said. "And I don't think I've really begun to process how that makes me feel yet."
Tamerlan, the older brother, was killed in a gunfight with police. Asked whether Dzhokhar should face the death penalty for the three killed and nearly 200 wounded in the blasts, she demurred.
"I just haven't really even gone to that place yet in my head," she said. "I don't feel the anger that I'm sure I will at some point."
Instead, she is focusing on healing — and on the people who risked their lives to help her.
"They were sort of free and clear and could have left," she said. "That thought is just overwhelming to me."