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Boston bombing victim helped ID suspects from hospital bed

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Jeff Bauman, in wheelchair, is rushed for medical care after the blast. Jeff Bauman, in wheelchair, is rushed for medical care after the blast.
Jeff Bauman, in hospital bed, with actor Bradley Cooper (left center) and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (right) Jeff Bauman, in hospital bed, with actor Bradley Cooper (left center) and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (right)

(WRCB) -- One of the iconic photographs that emerged from the Boston Marathon bombing was a man in a wheelchair, ashen-faced, and clearly missing part of one leg and being rushed to medical attention.

The image was difficult to look at; so much so that some news outlets chose not to use the photo due to its graphic content.

That man, Jeff Bauman, lost both legs below the knee. But while heavily sedated, he wrote in a note to his brother at the hospital "...bag, saw the guy, looked right at me," Bloomberg News reported Friday.

Bauman stared the suspect in the face; the suspect then dropped a bag at his feet.

Less than three minutes later, the bag exploded, changing Bauman's life forever and taking the lives of three others; 175 others were wounded in the blast.

He told the FBI that the suspect wore "a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt" and that the two locked eyes as the suspect placed the bomb-filled bag at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Bauman was visited in the hospital by Thursday by actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.

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