Jeff Bauman is an American author.
Let’s see some interesting facts about him!
1. Bauman was born to Jeff Bauman Sr. and Patty Bauman.
2. Bauman got engaged to his fiancee Erin Hurley in February 2014 and they married in November 2014.
3. Their first daughter was born in July 2014. They announced that they were divorcing in February 2017.
4. He used to work at the deli counter in Costco for three years before the bombing. He returned to his job a year after the blast in June 2014.
5. Bauman had been waiting at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, cheering for Hurley and her two roommates, who were participating in the marathon.
6. She was a mile away from the finish when the bombs went off.
7. Carlos Arredondo who was handing out American flags to the runners, quickly jumped over a fence to reach the blast site. Bauman’s shirt which had caught fire, was beat out by Arredondo. He stayed with Bauman and helped carry him on to the ambulance. The iconic photograph of Arredondo in a cowboy hat, helping to rush Bauman to an ambulance, was taken by Charles Krupa of the Associated Press during this time.
8. Bauman’s surgery was done on the same day, and he had both his legs amputated at the knee.
9. Since he had lost a lot of blood, the doctors had to keep resuscitating him, giving him blood and fluids. He underwent another operation at 1 a.m. to drain the internal fluids, formed by the blunt trauma.
10. He was interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and gave a description of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, after he sent word to the authorities after waking up from the operation, that he had seen one of the terrorists. His accounts were instrumental in narrowing down the suspects from among the people pictured in the area.
11. He was discharged from the hospital four weeks after the blasts. Bauman was given his new prosthetic legs costing $100,000 each, which were manufactured by Otto Bock and had micro-processors to follow his gait. He and Arredondo threw the ceremonial first pitches for Boston Red Sox a few days later.
12. In September 2013, he announced that he would publish a memoir about his experiences at the marathon and his life since then. The book was co-written with author Bret Witter.
13. Photographer Josh Haner of The New York Times, who documented Bauman’s recovery process, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for the work. Bauman’s book, titled Stronger, was released in April 2014 to coincide with the first anniversary of the bombings.
14. A movie based on the memoir starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman and Tatiana Maslany as Hurley, titled Stronger will be released on September 22, 2017.