The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 16, 2013

Lewisburg doctor unhurt in explosions

By Tina Alvey
Register-Herald Reporter

LEWISBURG — Dr. Zainab Shamma-Othman, a pulmonologist in Lewisburg, was among the runners in Monday’s Boston Marathon and was nearing the finish line when the explosions occurred.

Shamma-Othman was not among the injured, according to her husband, Beckley neurologist Dr. Joe O. Othman.

“She said she was just five minutes from the finishing line (when the explosions occurred),” Othman said. “She had to stop. She didn’t know what was going on.”

Othman said he only had one brief telephone conversation with his wife in the hours following the race’s tragic conclusion.

“She got to the hotel two hours after the incident,” Othman said, noting he had been unable to contact Shamma-Othman in the immediate aftermath of the explosions, but their daughter had made a connection with her mother via text message.

Shamma-Othman, who is affiliated with Greenbrier Physicians in Fairlea, is expected to return home today, according to her husband.