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Born: December 19, 1980
Los Angeles, California, USA
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Born: September 22, 1985
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: August 25, 1960
Birthplace: San José, Costa Rica
Born: March 3, 1958
Southport, Lancashire, England, UK
Born: October 30, 1955
Born: January 5, 1959
Urbana, Ohio, USA
Jeff Bauman Sr
Born: May 16, 1960
Birthplace: Massachusetts, USA
Yes. Like in the Stronger Boston Marathon movie, the true story confirms that Jeff went to the finish line to wait for his girlfriend Erin Hurley to finish the race. He did not run in the marathon himself. It was Erin's first time participating in the event. -The New York Times
In researching the Stronger true story, we learned that Erin Hurley was about a mile away from the finish line when the bombs went off. She couldn't tell what had happened and wondered why everyone stopped. -The New York Times
No. Allan Panter, a Gainesville, Georgia surgeon who had been near Bauman in the crowd, was the first to help him. Panter, who had himself been unharmed in the blast, pulled Bauman away from the mass of casualties on the ground. He shoved the loose tissue back into Bauman's leg, which caused Bauman to scream. Panter placed a makeshift tourniquet around Bauman's right leg and put a jacket on top of him. He stepped away to tend to a woman on the ground nearby, whose eyes were fixed open and revealed little signs of life.
Carlos Arredondo had been across the street and came running over to help. Bauman sat up when he saw the man in the cowboy hat approaching. Arredondo beat out the flames on Bauman's burning shirt and shouted for help. He tore pieces of fabric from a shirt and tied them around what was left of Bauman's legs. A woman brought a wheelchair over and with the help of Panter, they lifted Bauman into the chair. Arredondo took off running beside Bauman, trying to hold the tourniquet together that had come loose on his leg. They arrived at a medical tent where Bauman was loaded into an ambulance. He became the first casualty taken to Boston Medical Center. On the way, he noticed that he was having trouble hearing. Watch video of a bloodied Arredondo being interviewed shortly after helping Bauman. -The New York Times
Yes. In the Stronger movie, Carlos Arredondo (Carlos Sanz) tells Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), "You remind me of my son. He died. Helping you made me feel like I could help my son, and for that I am grateful." In real life, Arredondo's son Alexander was a Marine who was killed in Iraq in 2004. As a tribute to his son, he handed out flags at the marathon. In researching the Stronger Boston Marathon movie, we discovered that the real Arredondo also lost a second son, Brian, who took his own life at 24 on the anniversary of Alexander's death. He had been battling drug addiction and depression (largely over the loss of his brother). -The New York Times
Yes. The first bomb that detonated had blown off most of Jeff Bauman's lower legs. Once at the hospital on the day of the attack, a surgeon sifted through the remaining tissue and muscle, cutting away what was dirty and dying. He amputated what was left of the lower part of Bauman's legs at the knee joints.
Two days later, Bauman's primary surgeon at the Boston Medical Center, Dr. Jeffrey Kalish, performed a formal amputation of each leg at roughly four inches above the knee. He made sure they were even and cut each layer — skin, tissue, muscle and bone — like a staircase up the inside of the leg, which made it easier to tuck in the muscle and stitch the tissue together. Before doing so, Kalish rinsed out the open legs for 10 minutes to wash away any contaminants that could lead to infection. Pictured below is Jeff Bauman in 2013 at Fenway Park. Watch video of him throwing out the first pitch. -The New York Times
Yes. Both of Jeff's legs were amputated at the knee on the day of the bombings. Since Jeff had lost so much blood, the doctors had to keep resuscitating him during the surgery, pumping him with blood and fluids. Then at around 1 a.m., doctors operated again to drain internal fluids that had built up from the blunt force of the explosion. -The New York Times
Yes. Fact-checking the Stronger Boston Marathon bombing movie confirms that when he woke up from the surgery, Jeff was interviewed by the FBI and gave them a description of terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who he had seen just before the explosion. Jeff Bauman's brother Chris said, "He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, 'bag, saw the guy, looked right at me'." The description he gave was instrumental in narrowing down the suspect pool and eventually identifying the Tsarnaev brothers, which led to the manhunt that was depicted in 2016's Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg. In addition to talking to the FBI, Bauman also worked with a Boston PD sketch artist. -Telegraph
Yes. The Stronger true story reveals that Bauman's right eardrum was destroyed and his left had a considerable hole in it. He had lost about 20 decibels of hearing from the blast. Music echoed in rooms and he often needed people to speak louder.
He had been burnt through his midsection and up through his back. For several weeks, the bright red (and in some areas raw) skin stung if he rolled on it the wrong way, which often kept him awake at night. In addition to burns, he had suffered a hole in his right arm that was packed from the inside. -The New York Times
Like in the Stronger Boston Marathon movie, the real Jeff Bauman had been working at Costco for about two and a half years before the injury, starting in the delicatessen. When he first got hired, he had been taking college classes. After stopping college without a degree, he put more focus on his job and future at Costco. He had plans to go back to school after paying off student loans. Bauman returned to his job at Costco in June 2014, roughly 14 months after his injury. He remained there for a few months until his book took off (he eventually held a book signing at Costco, pictured below). His girlfriend Erin Hurley worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital, which is depicted in the movie. -The New York Times
At the time of the movie's release, Bauman was enrolled in a mechanical engineering program, hoping to eventually work for a prosthetics company. Since his injury, he had developed a desire to help other people. He also does public speaking. Watch and listen to him tell his story at a public speaking event in his hometown. -The Los Angeles Times
Yes. The movie is based on Jeff Bauman's 2014 memoir Stronger, in which he describes the bombing that took his legs, his efforts to help the FBI catch the terrorists, and his grueling rehabilitation that included learning to walk on prosthetic legs. At the same time, the love story between him and Erin was evolving and growing stronger. As he struggled through tremendous pain (in addition to hearing loss), Jeff had to reconcile the world's admiration for him with his own guilt and frustration, something that Jake Gyllenhaal attempts to convey in the Stronger movie. Read the book to get a firsthand account and a broader understanding of the true story.
Yes. Fact-checking Stronger confirmed that Jeff Bauman went to the Boston Marathon to show his girlfriend Erin Hurley that he was able to commit to her and support her in her first marathon. Like in the movie, their relationship had been rocky for some time prior. -Los Angeles Times
Jeff and Erin had been together for roughly a year. After his injury, he wanted to get married, buy a house, and have a fresh start, but she wanted to wait, telling him that it might be too much to take on just then. Like in the movie, she often spent the night at the Boston Medical Center and then the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. It was at the latter that they figured out how to be intimate again. -The New York Times
Yes. Erin Hurley, portrayed by Tatiana Maslany in the movie, felt an enormous sense of guilt after Bauman lost his legs in the bombings, aware that she was the reason he had showed up. It's an emotional point that Jake Gyllenhaal's character drives home during a scene in the movie when Erin is scolding him for not showing up at therapy. -The Los Angeles Times
Yes. They separated when Bauman was a toddler and have a difficult time being around one another. They visited the hospital at different times in an effort to avoid each other. His mother worked as a waitress at the time of the bombing. -The New York Times
Yes. Following the Boston Marathon bombing, Jeff Bauman was unable to look at the famous photo of himself being wheeled away in the wheelchair with shredded legs and Carlos Arredondo at his side. The photo can be seen earlier on this page. -The New York Times
Yes. The Stronger movie true story reveals that he used a regular regiment of 1,200 milligrams of gabapentin to treat leg pain and phantom leg pain, 5 milligrams of oxycodone and 1,000 milligrams of Tylenol. If he still could not endure the pain, he took more oxycodone. He packed a bag of painkillers whenever he planned to leave the house. -The New York Times
Each Otto Bock prosthetic leg that he was first outfitted with costs around $100,000 and contains microprocessors to track his gait. Various charities helped to cover the cost, in addition to a GoFundMe account set up for Bauman, which has currently raised over $800,000 (search Bucks for Bauman on GoFundMe). Watch Jeff Bauman beta test a new tailor made prosthetic foot.
Yes. In a press conference for the movie, the real Jeff Bauman said that Miranda Richardson did a great job as his mom, Patty, accurately depicting the roughness of her character. He said that the scene with him in the back of the car and them arguing really happened. He also recalled times when he'd be sleeping and his mom would come banging on the door drunk, waking him up. He said that when his mom saw the movie she was upset that they made her apartment look so dirty when she's not a dirty person in real life.
Yes, but at first he just wanted to move on. It frustrated him that everyone looked at him expecting him to be broken, upset and somber. Their expectations for his feelings didn't match the direction he was trying to go. He was a private person and also didn't like the feeling of being on display for everyone to see, including the nurses, doctors, relatives and friends who were constantly popping into the room.
And it didn't help that every time he looked down he was constantly reminded of what had happened and the long road ahead of him. -The New York Times
Yes. Bauman could not escape the constant attention from the media and the public, who viewed him as a hero and the embodiment of "Boston Strong". The catchphrase became the rallying cry to unite Boston and the United States after the attack. Watch Jeff Bauman wave a Boston Strong flag before a Bruins hockey game. Bauman turned to alcohol and partying to numb the pressure, something that was hard for him to see depicted in the movie.
"It portrayed me partying and drinking and not showing up for therapy once a week when I should have been there three times a week," says Bauman. "That's real. I was lost going through this. He got me totally right. But was hard to face it and see that other people saw that." -The Los Angeles Times
Yes. Despite Bauman's surgeon, Dr. Kalish, telling him that the suture removal would be easy and painless, a few of the deeper sutures brought Bauman to tears as he winced in pain through the ordeal. The process was to "yank and cut" the sutures, hoping they would all come out easily, but 10 deeper ones required Kalish to remove them himself instead of having a resident do it. By the time Kalish was finished, Bauman's legs were bleeding. This mini Jeff Bauman biography includes video of him having the sutures removed.
No. In February 2014, Jeff Bauman and Erin Hurley became engaged and they got married in their backyard in November 2014, several months after the birth of their daughter. In February 2017, Jeff Bauman and Erin Hurley announced they were getting a divorce after less than three years of marriage. They share joint custody of a 3-year-old daughter, Nora, born on July 13, 2014. -The Los Angeles Times
Yes. "I would love to meet her. She seems like a wonderful person," says Jeff. "It's just that at that point in time in my life it was just like, 'What's going on?' My mom and my Aunt Jenn were trying to do all this stuff for me that I didn't really want." -ET Canada
Yes. The real Jeff Bauman was heavily involved in the movie and developed a close friendship with Jake Gyllenhaal in the process. Watch them walk onto the field together to throw out the first pitches at the 2016 Patriots Day Red Sox game.
"The production invited a lot of real-life people to participate," says director David Gordon Green, "from the surgeon that amputated Jeff's leg, his physical therapist, the Martino brothers, who helped fit him for a prosthetic leg. So, not just Hollywood actors are coming to this stage, but a lot of authentic personalities that had a voice that brought a truth and a dignity to the subject matter." Current and former patients of the rehabilitation center are also seen in the movie, in addition to the staff. -ETOnline.com
Strengthen your knowledge of the Stronger true story by watching Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo interviews. Watch Jeff and Carlos throw out the first pitches at the Boston Red Sox game and see Jeff wave the Boston Strong flag at the Bruins hockey game.