New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman spent time on Thursday at a Boston-area hospital visiting an injured victim that helped identify a suspect of the Boston Marathon attack.
Edelman and actor Bradley Cooper visited Jeff Bauman Jr., a man who was photographed being pushed away from the scene of the marathon in a wheelchair in an iconic photo taken on Monday. Bauman, 27, had to have both of his lower legs removed in surgery at the Boston Medical Center because of extensive bone and vascular damage suffered in the explosion, according to his father Jeff. Bauman also required additional surgery because of the fluid that accumulated in his stomach, his father wrote on his Facebook page.
“He was looking great and is a true inspiration,” Edelman wrote on his Twitter account.
Bauman attended the marathon to watch his girlfriend compete in the marathon, his father wrote on his Facebook page. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket, dropped a backpack near Bauman's feet moments before the bag exploded, his brother Chris said via Bloomberg News. Despite being under heavy medication, Bauman reportedly identified one of the suspects in a photo when speaking with an FBI investigator, according to his brother.
“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,'” Chris Bauman told reporters.
Edelman, who is entering his fifth NFL season, has been active in the Boston community throughout his time with the Patriots. Following the 2010 season, Edelman donated his playing equipment to a high school in the Boston area. Months earlier, Edelman took part in a charity event with former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light that helped benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
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