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Revolution goalkeeper Reis helped father-in-law injured by marathon bomb

Posted by Robert Burgess  April 27, 2013 06:28 PM

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Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis had a press conference at Gillette Stadium two hours before kickoff against the Philadelphia Union to give an update on his father-in-law’s condition.

John Odom, Reis’s father-in-law, was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing last Monday. Reis’s wife, Nicole, was running the marathon for the New England Patriots’ charitable foundation.

On Saturday, Reis spoke more in-depth about the immediate moment the bombings happened.

“The seven of us got to the finish line, probably about 10 minutes before the first blast happened,” Reis said. “About two minutes before the blast happened, I decided to move with my son…we moved toward the finish line.

“I dropped my son off to my brother-in-law, and told him I was going to go back and get his dad. I didn’t know at the time that [my father-in-law] was injured.”

After going back to help, Reis said he saw his mother-in-law crouched over Odom. Odom “…was moaning that his leg hurt and that he was in a lot of pain.”

Reis’s first reaction was to wrap his belt around Odom’s leg to act as a tourniquet. He also took of his jacket to apply pressure to the wound. According to Reis, the time between the bomb going off and Odom getting an ambulance was roughly 20 minutes.

“We were really fortunate,” Reis said. “He’s gone through eight or nine surgeries now. He has been taken off critical [condition] and has been moved down to serious condition. He doesn’t have a breathing tube in. He’s starting to talk and starting to communicate.”

Reis’s family has received support from the community, but says his teammates’ kind thoughts have been second-to-none.

“This is my second family here,” Reis said. “The guys in the locker room have been supportive like no other.

“It really makes you feel good inside, and it helps a lot. Soccer is my next love, and I love being here. It has been tough, but I think getting back to soccer has helped in getting back to somewhat of a normal routine.”

Reis and his family haven’t thought much about the two men who put the bombs down near Marathon Sports at the finish line.

“It hasn’t really been much on our family’s mind as to why they did it – any reason is not a good enough reason,” he said.

“To see what these people tried to do and how crudely they did it, what they tried to take from us…I guess they didn’t realize what that would do to our city and how it created such a love and support around the people that is has affected.

“Instead of creating hysteria and despair, they created a lot of hope.”

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