Channel 9 is keeping in touch with a Charlotte couple who was hurt in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Michael Gross is out of the hospital after being treated for burns.
Channel 9 Kathryn Burcham spoke to Michael Gross who said he is getting his wife, Nicole, prepped for another procedure in what has been an exhausting and terrifying few days for the family.
Nicole has been battling soft tissue injuries on her leg after being wounded at the finish line while she waited for her mother to finish the race.
Gross’ sister was also seriously injured in the blast, and family members told Channel 9 doctors were forced to amputate part of her leg.
Nicole has been undergoing multiple procedures at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Family members released a statement Wednesday morning thanking Charlotte and the rest of the nation for support for her, and saying that the recovery period for both her and her sister will be a long one.
The full statement reads:
"As many of you have read and seen, Nicole Gross and Erika Brannock sustained severe injuries during the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Both Nicole and Erika’s injuries have required multiple surgeries. They remain hospitalized and anticipate long recoveries. Thankfully, Michael Gross sustained only minor injuries, and he has been released from the hospital.
In tragic times such as this, the outpouring of assistance offers from family, friends, and others, and their thoughts and prayers have been wonderfully overwhelming and are greatly appreciated. The caregivers at the scene and the hospitals, and the efforts of local, state, and federal agencies, have been professional and comforting during the worst of times.
As you would expect, these times have been emotionally draining, and while there is a public thirst for information, we ask for your patience and some privacy for a while as we work to recover. We also request that you refrain from using the graphic pictures of Nicole, Erika, and Michael, taken at the scene of the bombing, as they are tremendously painful for the family. They are trying to focus on the future.
Thank you for your understanding."
The family continues to ask for both prayers and privacy during this time.