A man seriously wounded in the Boston bombing is set to marry a nurse he met during his recovery.

James Costello, 31, was standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April when a bomb exploded nearby, leaving him with serious shrapnel and burn injuries, the Boston Globe reports.

He was famously photographed with his legs blackened and his clothes torn to shreds.

After multiple surgeries, including one to remove two nails from his abdomen, he was transferred to Spaudling Rehabilitation Hospital.


It was there he met his future wife.

Costello first saw Krista D'Agostino passing by in the hospital.

They went on to share "a few inseparable months" together, he said.

The bombing survivor has now announced he and D'Agostino are engaged, in a post on his Facebook account.

"I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy, it was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life. Eights months later I'm happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together... We got engaged last night in the middle of the beautiful French city Lyon," he said.

Costello proposed to D'Agostino during a 10-day all-expenses-paid French river cruise for bombing survivors and first responders.

The gift was the idea of Vantage Deluxe World Travel, a Boston agency.

- nzherald.co.nz