Michelle Obama Visits Hern Family in Boston Hospital

Aaron Hern, an 11-year-old Martinez Junior High student, is recovering from two surgeries after being wounded in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The First Lady stopped by the Boston Children's Hospital Thursday to visit with 11-year-old Aaron Hern and his family.

Hern, a student at Martinez Junior High, was injured by shrapnel during the Boston Marathon explosions on Monday. His mother Katherine was running in the race. Michelle Obama was photographed with the family, including Alan Hern and daughter Abby.

The Hern family has been providing updates to the community on Aaron's recovery process. He underwent a second surgery on Wednesday, which involved closing the wound on his thigh by pulling the muscle fascia together, according to Katherine Hern. Aaron's oxygen tube, catheter and neck brace were removed Thursday.

"All that's left is pain medicine and fluids," said Katherine Hern in an email update, adding that this is a "huge step forward" and Aaron could "be out of the ICU as early as tomorrow."

The Obamas attended an interfaith church service Thursday morning for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings before visiting the injured at local hospitals. President Obama went to Massachusetts General Hospital while Michelle visited the children's hospital.

The visits were off limits to the media and came on short notice for security reasons, according to CBS.

For updates on the Hern family: | Connect on Facebook | Follow Martinez Patch on Twitter | Get the Martinez Patch email newsletter | Click "keep me posted" below.

"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 19, 2013 at 01:02 AM
You go First Lady!!!
Bailey Lee April 19, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Go where?
Missy April 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Thats right GO!!!! away First lady... Take your idiot husband with you!
Karen Mason April 20, 2013 at 03:41 AM
You are dissing the president while a little boy is in the hospital. Mature.
Priscila Falco-Garcia April 21, 2013 at 04:13 AM
The first lady & the president made us a honor to visit the injured persons to our local hospitals and church. Please keep respect for the families and the injured persons for getting better. God is love.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something