Jeff Bauman Sr. spent an hour calling son's cell after hearing the bomb news. Then his step-daughter Erika called. "Did you see the picture?" she asked. "Jeffrey's on the news. He got hurt."
Jeff Sr. found the picture on Facebook - the now iconic picture of a young man being rushed to aid in a wheelchair by the man in the cowboy hat.
It was a cropped picture, not the whole photo showing his son's left leg blown off at the calf, the NYTimes reports. But it showed Jeff Jr.'s legs had been lost.
Jeff Sr. called Boston hospitals until he sound his son at Boston Medical Center, then drove with his wife from NH to reach his son's bedside.
"The man in the cowboy hat - he saved Jeff's life," said Jeff Jr's mother. His father agrees: "There's a video where he goes right to Jeff, picks him right up and puts him on the wheelchair and starts putting the tourniquet on him and pushing him out. I got to talk to this guy!"
Via the New York Times.
Note: Politix published a cropped version of the photo, which partly showed Bauman's injuries, in our series of photos of the bombing aftermath.