Jeff Bauman was heavily sedated in intensive care post-surgery when he suddenly awoke to tell his brother important details about the Boston Marathon bombers. Jeff is the man in the iconic photo from the event who was taken by ambulance to Boston Medical Center in a wheelchair, bloodied, but conscious.
“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’” says his brother Chris Bauman in an interview with reporters. Jeff went on to describe the man as wearing sunglasses, a black leather jacket, and a hooded sweatshirt as he looked directly into his eyes just minutes before the explosion. He lost both legs below the knee.
Bauman’s brief contact with one of the suspects that day yielded important clues during the chaos that followed the attacks. Bauman’s accurate descriptions of the clothing and backpack helped investigators scour large amount of surveillance footage and narrow down the list of possible suspects just hours after the attack.
Bauman and other victims of the bombing were later visited in the hospital by actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelmen as they stopped by to show their support.