Video: Boston bombing survivor’s fiancée: ‘I knew he’d fight’

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    a month ago the country was riveted by the tragedy of the boston mary thom on this bombings and initially our attention went to the innocent victims. tonight, we want to remind everyone about the people for whom nothing is back to normal, particularly one young man who is among the last victims still hospitalized, a young man who's the picture of grit and resilience. his story tonight from harry smith .

    >> reporter: we're on boyleston street in boston and on a bright, sunny day like this with the shops and restaurants back open again, it is hard to imagine that just a month ago this was the scene of such mayhem and carnage. the second explosion took place right on this sidewalk in front of forum restaurant. forum is still closed and out front there's a little makeshift memorial with t-shirts and sneakers and flowers and here on the tree is a rubber wristband. it says marc fucarile.

    >> i'm always on my back.

    >> reporter: marc is still in the hospital.

    >> what do you remember about this day?

    >> a lot. a real lot.

    >> reporter: 34-year-old marc fucarile remembers what happened to him that day. he remembers that one of his legs was blown off, and that a fireman put a tourniquet on him.

    >> he was screaming for an ambulance. he is like hang in there, buddy, hang in there buddy. i'm like i don't want to die. i have a little boy and my fiance. dwropt die. think of them, hang in there hang in there and the police police officer is like i have a paddy wagon put anymore the paddy wagon .

    >> he was conscious as he got to the hospital and as he passed out someone said another three or four minute hurricanes wouldn't have made it when jen his fiance, a nurse and mother of his son got to the hospital and saw marc she was stunned

    >> when you first saw him, what did you think?

    >> i didn't think it was him. he looked like he was 400 pounds and his skin was not his skin.

    >> crisp brown in places. like a burned marshmallow.

    >> you are a nurse. you had to have some judgment going on in your mind about what you saw.

    >> yeah.

    >> did he look like a guy who was going to live?

    >> no. i wasn't sure honestly. but i knew he would fight.

    >> reporter: he would fight.

    >> i knew he would not stop fighting.

    >> reporter: one leg gone and the other in peril. much of his body terribly burned and shrapnel, marc's flesh is riddled with it.

    >> reporter: you can see it. it is right on the surface.

    >> it will just pop up and fall out. there's more bbs, shrapnel in my heart. it came up through a vein and to my heart. it's in my heart.

    >> reporter: it's in there now?

    >> yes.

    >> reporter: yes there is shrapnel in marc's heart and that's the part of the story the family wants you to know about. marc's good heart.

    >> he is still that strong kid with a big heart that would do anything for anyone. what they did to him that day didn't destroy who he is.

    >> they did what they wanted to do, terrorize us. but they are not going to terrorize the spirit and our strength for our son.

    >> i can't say enough about him because he's been so brave through it all. he's endured so much in the past month that it hurts to see him like this.

    >> i wish there was, you know, that i could somehow take some of his pain away from him even for a minute.

    >> reporter: doctors worked feverishly through save his other leg and through the countless pans and screams in the middle of the night his family says you won't hear a complaint, not a word of self pity or whisper of anger.

    >> i thought i knew him and now i know him as being the strongest man i have ever met.

    >> reporter: because you what his family has seen is difficult to witness.

    >> we seen the progresses and the setbacks. in our world, it's still april 15th .

    >> reporter: through good days and bad ones for more than a month now. one of the family members has been at marc's side every minute.

    >> there sglur and on thursday they were great to feel be there when the boston cop who threw him in a police wagon dime pay him a visit. the first time park had seen him since patriot's day.

    >> you gave me son a father.

    >> at that time all i knew is this guy needs to go to the hospital right now.

    >> reporter: officer davis brightened his day but to be honest marc has no idea when he will leave the hospital.

    >> what do you dream about when you dream about getting out of here.

    >> getting back to regular life, playing with my son, taking him to chuck e. cheese the red sox and patriots game, the bruins game, you know.

    >> reporter: yearning for normalcy and yet through it all he has a grateful heart.

    >> he said this so many times to us there is so much more good in the world than there is bad.

    >> reporter: his website has been inundated with well wishes. people around the country are pulling for him.

    >> you don't know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.

    >> reporter: who knows what puts us in or keeps us from harm and danger? how we respond to it is our choice. a million people would not have the same attitude that you have.

    >> i don't have the same attitude that he has.

    >> you don't?

    >> he is better than me.

    >> she's mad. i don't want her to be mad.

    >> he is so good. he evens me out. you know what i mean ? like i'm so mad. but he's so good.

    >> harry smith with our report from boston . if you would like to help marc and the other victims there we put information on our website tonight.

updated 10/19/2011 2:02:54 PM ET 2011-10-19T18:02:54

Harry Smith was named Correspondent, Rock Center with Brian Williams in July 2011. 

One of television’s most distinguished journalists, Smith has been a news anchor for more than 30 years. Before joining NBC News, he hosted the CBS News morning shows The Early Show and its predecessor CBS This Morning for 17 years.

Smith served as a senior correspondent for CBS News and substitute anchors for the CBS Evening News, Face the Nation and CBS News Sunday Morning. He also hosted the A&E series Biography.

Smith began his broadcasting career at Denver radio stations KHOW and KIMN and Cincinnati radio station WLW (1973–81). From 1981-82, he worked for Denver's public television station, KRMA-TV. From 1982-85, he served as a reporter and anchor for KMGH-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver. In 1986, Smith joined CBS News as a reporter and was named a correspondent in 1987.

He received his B.A. degree in Communications and Theater from Central College in Pella, Iowa. Smith lives in New York City with his wife, sportscaster Andrea Joyce, and their two sons.