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Man who lost legs in Boston Marathon bombing is engaged

CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) - A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, then helped authorities identify the suspects, is engaged and an expectant father.

Jeff Bauman, 28, and his fiancee, Erin Hurley, 27, told The Associated Press in a recent interview that the baby is due July 14. They don't know if it's a boy or a girl, and they want it to be a surprise.

"My mom loves it. My dad's going crazy," Bauman said. As for himself, "I just want to be a good dad."

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Engaged, Expecting Child

The two have been preparing for the baby's arrival by painting a nursery in their home in Carlisle. Hurley said Sunday that she and the baby are healthy and her pregnancy is going well. They became engaged in February and together picked out a white-gold engagement ring. She said they plan to marry next year.

"We've got a lot going on. So we don't need to do everything all at once," she said.

An AP photo of a badly injured Bauman being rushed away in a wheelchair by three rescuers became one of the most memorable images of the April 15, bombings, which killed three people.

He was standing near the finish line waiting to cheer on Hurley as she completed the marathon when the two bombs exploded. Bauman became a hero after he provided a description of one of the suspected bombers from his hospital bed.

Bauman's memoir on his experiences, called "Stronger," is out April 8, one week before the anniversary of the bombings.

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Joe March 23 2014 at 10:25 PM

Happy for this guy!

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fishmanpm345 March 23 2014 at 7:03 PM

Hes In!!!! So insperational , best wish to them......

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Christopher fishmanpm345 March 23 2014 at 7:26 PM


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lindamc Christopher March 23 2014 at 8:09 PM

:).......I noticed too.

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muffin March 23 2014 at 6:56 PM

GOOD FOR HIM! He deserves all the happiness. Those work at home schemes pale in comparison to someone who has faced the problems he has. He will still be around when those schemes are closed down by the FTA or other agencies.

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us118 March 23 2014 at 6:51 PM

I wish eeryone involved well !!

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nama holston March 23 2014 at 6:47 PM

May GOD bless their marriage and the children thereof. Love prevails.

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stuwe55 nama holston March 23 2014 at 6:50 PM

Amen, and Amen!

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Joanne March 24 2014 at 12:12 AM

Congratulations to you two. Children are the present and the future helping us live in the moment and plan for what is yet to come. Jeff, I think most kids think of their dads as heroes but you'll probably get an extra star. May your lives together be happy and loving.

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ron March 23 2014 at 6:42 PM

Glad to hear your doing ok ; congrads on the baby hope yoy live a long life !!

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donahuepapad123 March 23 2014 at 6:39 PM

DOES ANYONE have a way i can contact Jeff Bauman ??? e-mail or cell phone maybe ? i am a bi-lat-bk-amputee myself for 40 + years and would like to talk to him .

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Linda donahuepapad123 March 23 2014 at 6:42 PM

Maybe try the hospital he was in, the police department? Even the newspaper in the area --- or look up his fiancee on the list of runners in the marathon. Just ideas - hope you can reach him. Do good!!

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rgskitchen donahuepapad123 March 23 2014 at 7:37 PM

Maybe you can post on his Facebook page saying you want to get in touch with him, and arrange something that way.

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deb3763 March 24 2014 at 12:19 AM

God Bless you both during this special time in your life and your wonderful future. The trials we face in life are always rewarded above and beyond on wildest dreams. A lovely woman, technology and new life all seem like the grand prize. I am sure at the beginning of this horrid experience nothing looked appealing but the looks on your faces say it all. You are a Mr. Bauman in many ways and so is the future Mrs. Bauman for standing by you and giving you additional strength. You both saved a lot of people if that young man had not been caught....In your pain you did for others.....Have a wonderful life and God Bless the three of you and more

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heart2survive March 24 2014 at 1:13 AM

I think you all some are missing the point..the "hero" in him is that he made it, he continues to thrive as a survivor , and he is being applauded for not letting it change his life anymore than it has to. He is a fighter. I also feel the gentlemen who is seen in several pics pushing his wheel chair is a very big hero..that's the ex military man who literally saved his life by stemming the bleeding as best he could.

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