Carlos Arredondo Visits Jeff Bauman After Saving His Life In Boston Marathon Bombing

By Philip Ross on April 24, 2013 11:50 AM EDT

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Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman, Jr., pictured here with Bradley Cooper, got a visit from one of his rescuers, Carlos Arredondo (not pictured). (Photo: Twitter)

Carlos Arredondo, who became an icon of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy after a photographer captured a photo of him helping injured victims, paid a visit to Jeff Bauman, Jr., who is in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

The pair first met shortly after the explosion at the Boston Marathon finish line. The International Business Times reports that 52-year-old Arredondo was near the Boylston Street finish line when the bombs exploded, and that Arredondo, easily recognized by the cowboy hat he was wearing, ran over to the site of the explosion to help those who were injured.

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A photographer captured the moment when Arredondo helped rush a critically injured Bauman away from the scene. The photo shows Arredondo running next to Bauman, who is in a wheelchair with both his legs missing from the knee down. Arredondo is seemingly pinching off an exposed artery in Bauman's leg as the victim is being rushed off to the hospital.  

The photo has become one of the most iconic images to come out of the horrendous disaster that shook Boston on April 15.

The Concord Monitor reports that 27-year-old Bauman was standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, waiting to cheer on his girlfriend as she finished the race, when the bombs exploded. The shrapnel ripped through Bauman's legs, severing both of them at the knee.

Bauman was taken to the Boston Medical Center, where both his legs were amputated.

The 27-year-old is also being heralded as a hero after he helped investigators ID the Boston bombers. According to the New York Post, the moment Bauman woke up from surgery in the hospital, he asked for a paper and pen and wrote that he saw the guy who dropped the bag at his feet.

Since Bauman has been in the hospital, he's received a number of visits from celebrities, sports stars and Marines who are also amputees. Even Bradley Cooper paid him a visit. But the most talked about visit is the one he received from the man who helped save his life.

"I was so happy to see him with his big open-wide eyes and very grateful to be able to hug him and let him know how proud I am of him," Arredondo told the Concord Monitor.

The paper reports that Arredondo brought Bauman a hat and a card signed by military families who have lost someone in war. The two also discussed the moment they met at the Boston marathon finish line.

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