Connor Golden has a few reasons to be grateful.
After losing his left foot and lower leg when he stepped on an explosive device in New York’s Central Park just two months ago, the 19-year-old says that he is now back at school and is filled with gratitude for all the people who have been by his side.
“I want everyone to know how much your support means to me,” the music major at the University of Miami wrote on a GoFundMe page that was created for him after the tragedy.
Golden, from Virginia, was walking with two friends on July 3 when the blast occurred.
Over $72,000 in donations has been been raised and used to help pay for medical bills, recovery expenses and the cost of a prosthetic leg.
A photograph of him on the fundraising page shows him wearing his new leg on the very day he received it.
“You’ll see that I’m smiling in the photo. That’s not just because I’m happy to begin walking again,” he wrote. “It’s also because I am so grateful for the huge amount of love and caring that has taken me from the shock of July 3 in Central Park, through the very difficult operations at Bellevue hospital, through police questioning and media pressure, through the healing process while at my parents’ house in Northern Virginia, through my trip back to school while on a wheelchair and crutches, to standing on my new leg.”
His father,Kevin Golden, spoke at a press conference on July 18 and said that his son is strong, resilient and was okay when doctors told him he might lose his left foot.
“Connor said that’s okay, just don’t take my hands,” he said. “He was happy his hands are still intact. He’s a musician so that was his one thought at that moment.”
He added: “We as a family have visited New York often and explored the rocks in Central Park.Little did we know something like this would happen.”