Jeff Bauman Boston: How Carlos Arredondo Saved Bauman's Life During Marathon Explosion
Contrary to social media, Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Tripathi are not suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo: Reuters)
Jeff Bauman, Jr. was at the Boston Marathon on Monday to watch his girlfriend Erin Hurley run in the race. The events of Monday changed his life forever.
Bauman and his girlfriend's two roommates were near the finish line waiting for her to cross the finish line. The first explosion occurred and Jeff, not knowing how badly hurt he was, wanted his girlfriend's roommates to receive help before him.
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A few seconds later Carlos Arredondo, a man who lost his son in Iraq in 2004, helped Bauman into a wheelchair while pinching his legs to stop the bleeding from the severed arties that he suffered as a result of the explosion. That's all Bauman remembers from the Boston Marathon bombing which killed three and injured 170. Bauman's father Jeff Sr. did not know whether his son was all right until his stepdaughter saw a picture of the younger Bauman in a wheelchair.
After finding the picture of his son on Facebook, Jeff Sr. proceeded to call Boston area hospitals looking for his son. Once he was informed that his was registered at Boston Medical Center, he and his wife Csilla drove from their Concord, N. H. home to Boston. They got to the hospital by 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
By the time of their arrival, the surgery on his son was done. Jeff Jr. had both of his legs amputated due to extensive vascular and bone damage. Another surgery also was done due to fluid in his abdomen. Jeff Sr. took to Facebook to alert the world of his condition.
"Unfortunately my son was just in the wrong place at the wrong times," wrote Jeff Sr.
As of Wednesday night, Jeff Jr. was able to sit and speak to his parents and family members. Over 30 members of the Bauman family came to the hospital since Tuesday. His half-brother Alan is military training in San Antonio, Texas but spoke to Jeff last night over the phone.
Arredondo, the man in the cowboy hat that helped Bauman along with many others, told the Associated Press that he just reacted to the blast.
"My first instinct was to just run across the street ... and start helping out the people," Arredondo said.
The Bauman family has not met the man who saved their son's life but they feel that he is the reason that Jeff Jr. is still here.
"The man in the cowboy hat, he saved Jeff's life," says Ms. Bauman.
"There's a video where he goes right to Jeff, picks him right up and puts him on the wheelchair and starts putting the tourniquet on him and pushing him out. I got to talk this guy," Jeff Sr. said excitedly when discussing Arredondo.
On the elder Jeff's Facebook page, he put up a statement that many feel sums up their feelings about this tragedy and others that has happened over the years.
"I just can't explain what's wrong with people today, to do this to people. I'm really starting to lose faith in our country."
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