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Injured MBTA officer to be released from rehab

After close to a month at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital recovering from injuries, MBTA Police Officer Richard Donahue will be heading home.

MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard H. Donohue Jr. at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in May. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard H. Donohue Jr. at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in May.
PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

After close to a month at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital recovering from injuries, MBTA Officer Richard Donahue will be heading home.

A bullet severed Donohue’s femoral artery when he was caught in a shootout with Boston bombing suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He suffered tremendous blood loss, went into cardiac arrest and had surgeries on both legs. Now, a two months later, nerve damage causes pain; at times so severe it wakes him at night.

Donohoue has been progressing, though, and will depart Spaulding at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, guided by his family, clinical team and members of the MBTA police officers.

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