Nightly News | April 24, 2013
>>> these days in boston the wounded are being reunited with the total streangers who in many cases saved their lives. we learned about a woman in a now famous photograph. kerry sanders has our report from boston tonight.
>> reporter: she was but five feet away when the first bomb exploded.
>> i don't know how you can put a bomb there and look at the people around and know that you're going to kill them. i don't understand it.
>> reporter: victoria mcgrath's rescue was captured in this iconic image.
>> thank you.
>> reporter: on tuesday, victoria met the man who carried her to safety. firefighter jimmy plourd.
>> you looked at me like, i'm so scared. i'm like, we're out of here.
>> i thought there would be more bombing.
>> reporter: also at tufts medical center bruce mendelson, a bystander who ran toward the explosion, not away. he was the first to reach victoria , used a t-shirt to tie a tourniquet to her leg.
>> the doctor told me if you hadn't done that i would have died. you saved my life. otherwise i would have bled out because it hit the artery.
>> reporter: x-rays reveal a one-inch piece of shrapnel tore into victoria 's leg.
>> just a matter of centimeters, the difference between having a leg and losing it?
>> reporter: at first, one stranger who pitched in to help victoria repained a mystery man.
>> his name is tyler . that's all we know. victoria very much wants to thank tyler personally.
>> reporter: after that public plea tyler dodd came forward.
>> i can stand up.
>> are you sure?
>> reporter: tyler told victoria he survived a shrapnel injury in afghanistan, but that wasn't quite true.
>> he wasn't a soldier in afghanistan. he wasn't in combat.
>> reporter: this is the little white lie you embrace?
>> yeah. i don't regret him telling me that.
>> reporter: through it all, the blood loss, the chaos, a group of strangers pushed her to hold on.
>> i'm so thankful. you guys are so brave.
>> you're wonderful.
>> reporter: this afternoon victoria left tufts medical center , thanks to a community of strangers who pulled together. kerry sanders , nbc news, boston .