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Man with NH ties lost legs in explosion

New Hampshire Union Leader

April 17. 2013 1:57AM

A Massachusetts man with ties to New Hampshire lost both of his lower legs in the explosions at the Boston Marathon Monday, according to social media postings.

Jeff Bauman Jr., 27, whose father lives in Concord, was at the finish line when the blasts went off, his father, Jeff Bauman Sr., wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

"Unfortunately, my son was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had to have both lower limbs removed due to the extensive vascular and bone damage," Bauman posted Tuesday morning. He thanked many people for their prayers.

He also posted a news photo that shows an EMT and policeman rushing Bauman Jr., who is sitting dazed in a wheelchair, down a street. A bystander with a cowboy hat, who was later identified as peace activist Carlos Arredondo, is pinching closed an artery in Bauman's right leg.

The look in their two faces - anxious urgency in Arredondo's and ashen incomprehension on Bauman's - draws a human portrait of the blast that shook the confidence of Boston on one of its most celebrated days.

Bauman posted the photo to his Facebook page Monday night.

He later wrote that his son had to return to exploratory surgery Monday night due to fluid in his abdomen. He came out of surgery at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and is doing fine.

The Baumans live in a modest house on Thomas Street in Concord. No one answered the door when a reporter visited Tuesday. No lights were on in the house, although two cars and an SUV were in the driveway.

A neighbor, Debbie LaFave, said she's known the family for years, but the younger Bauman didn't live in the house for long. She hasn't spoken to the family yet.

"I don't know what to say to them," LaFave said. "It really was a shock because this time it's hitting really close to home."

The New York Daily News quoted Bauman's sister, Csilla Schneider, who said he was at the marathon to watch his girlfriend, who was running the race. He was sitting near the finish line when the blast occurred, Schneider told the Daily News.

"I hope they catch these people," she told the newspaper.

Bauman Jr.'s Facebook page said he lives in Chelmsford, Mass.

About six hours after the Monday blast, his father posted a Facebook message asking for prayers.

"Can everyone pray for my son, Jeff Jr., who was at the finish line today in Boston. He is in surgery right now with injuries to his legs. 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," Bauman Sr. wrote.

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