They came bearing smiles and messages of support, not to mention cuddles from a few friendly service dogs.

On Saturday morning, survivors of the June 12 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which claimed 49 lives, were visited by a group that has lived through similar tragedy. Ten survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing visited six Orlando survivors at the Orlando Regional Medical Center, the hospital said in an emailed statement.


Boston survivor Eliza Gedney (left) and Michelle L’Heureux visit with Pulse survivor Rodney Sumter.

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Boston bombing survivors to Orlando survivors: ‘We are family now’