After James Costello was injured in the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, he wondered what good could come from such a senseless tragedy. But for Costello, being in the wrong place at the wrong time ended up putting him in the right place at the right time.
Speaking on the December 20th Today show, he said he believes that the worst moment of his life was a blessing in disguise. According to Today, Costello was heading toward the Boston Marathon finish line with friends when the explosions occurred. Three of the five friends he was with each lost a leg and Costello and the other two friends suffered severe burns and shrapnel wounds. He was in recovery from several surgeries and skin grafts when he met Krista D’Agostino.
D’Agostino, a Travel Nurse, was working a brief, six-week travel assignment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital when the couple met.
“I had noticed her in passing, and shortly after that she came into my room to cover a lunch break and change the dressing on my leg, and still no thoughts of (romance),” Costello said on Today. “Then, after we realized we had some mutual friends, we started talking, and I invited her to a benefit.”
The couple became quickly attached and have been together ever since. This week the couple was on an all-expenses-paid Heroes Cruise for first responders, victims, and family members related to the bombings when Costello proposed and D’Agostino happily accepted.
Just after the couple got engaged James shared this status with friends on Facebook: “I’m happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together. I now realize why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life.”
Have you ever met someone really special while you were on an assignment? A new friend, love, or someone who changed your life? Share your stories in the comments!