Father: Marathon victim had both legs amputated
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The father of a man injured in the Boston Marathon bombing says his son had both legs amputated.
Jeff Bauman says his son, 27-year-old Jeff Bauman Jr., is the man pictured in a photo taken shortly after the bombing. It shows the younger man being pushed away from the explosion site in a wheelchair.
His father says on his Facebook page that his son had to have both lower limbs removed at Boston Medical Center because of extensive vascular and bone damage. He says his son also had to have another surgery due to fluid in his abdomen.
Bauman says his son was there to watch his girlfriend run. She was not hurt. He says his son was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The victim’s great uncle, also named Jeff Bauman, spoke about his great nephew from his house in Galloway Township, New Jersey. The victim’s great uncle learned from the photo now seen around the globe that he was among the bombing victims.
"I mean, that's how we found out it was him. My wife come in crying, she said, 'Jeff's on TV.' And they had the picture of his leg missing," said Bauman, victim’s great uncle. "We'll see what happens at the end of the day and everybody is saying their prayers for him."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.