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Sydney Corcoran was seriously injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The teenager suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the bombing that left her seriously injured and lying in a hospital near her mother, Celeste, who lost both legs in the deadly explosion.
In order to lead a normal life, the 19-year old survivor relies on her service dog, Koda.
“He’s crucial to my everyday life,” Sydney told NewsCenter 5.
So, it was shocking to the teen when the manager of a Nashua, New Hampshire T.J. Maxx store told her that she needed to either put her service dog in a shopping cart or get out of the store.
“He had on his service dog vest — bright blue, says ‘service dog’ all over it,” Sydney explained.
Shaken, Sydney left the store in tears and called her mother.
The store manager apologized but, Celeste says, that’s not good enough.
“There are so many people with invisible, silent injuries,” Celeste Corcoran told NewsCenter 5. “And the public needs to be aware that their service animals are sometimes their lifeline.”