12/17/2013 11:10 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

James Costello, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, Proposes To Nurse He Met In Rehab

A tragedy led James Costello to the love of his life.

Costello, 31, was standing with friends near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 when a bomb exploded on Boylston Street, according to the Associated Press. He was famously photographed in the immediate aftermath, badly burnt with his clothes shredded.

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The Malden, Mass., resident has undergone multiple surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he stayed for about two weeks, according to WCVB. He suffered burns and needed two nails pulled from his abdomen, ABC 7 reported. Then, he was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

That's where he met a nurse named Krista D'Agostino. Fate took over from there.

"After sharing a handful of conversations I realized not only how beautiful she was but also what a kind heart she had," Costello wrote on Facebook, according to WCVB. "I somehow convinced her to attend a benefit with me, which turned into a few dates, which turned into a few inseparable months."

In December, eight months after the bombings, Costello proposed to D'Agostino in Lyon, France, WHDH reported. She said yes. The pair were on an all-expense paid "Heroes Cruise" with other survivors and first responders.

Afterwards, Costello posted a picture of the ring to Facebook, according to Boston Magazine, along with one, beautiful message:

"I now realize why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend and the love of my life."



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