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Bauman talks about surviving bombing in new book

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He lost part of both legs in the marathon bombing but now, one year later, survivor Jeff Bauman is 'Stronger.'

The two blasts near the finish line forever changed Bauman's life and now he's telling his story in a new book.

Bauman wrote about the man who left a backpack by his side, but he also talked about a photo of the people who helped save his life.

“When I do look at it I think about the people around me, Paul, Carlos, Devin, they are there helping me, saving my life” Bauman said.

In his book ‘Stronger’ Bauman is candid about his life, recovery and remembers vividly what happened the day of the bombing.

Bauman said he remembers lying on the sidewalk right after the blast; an ER surgeon who had been watching the race put tourniquets around his legs.

"He dipped his hand in my blood and drew a red ‘C’ on my forehead. I remember that so clearly. I think it meant ‘critical.’" Bauman said.

When Bauman woke up 36 hours later he was able to tell police he saw the alleged bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in a dark cap, sunglasses and dark jacket.

“I just looked at him briefly and I thought ‘he’s odd’ then I didn’t think of him until I was in the ambulance, it kind of hit me,” Bauman said.

Bauman wrote about how he and Tamerlan had some things in common.

"Tamerlan Tsarnaev and I, we were similar. We were both twenty-seven when the bomb went off; we each had a brother who was nineteen. I know how powerful that position is, because I know the way my brother looks up to me."

Bauman also looks at how he was different from the accused bomber.

"Tamerlan Tsarnaev... he was too small. He couldn't handle it. He was a loser. He needed to stand up, but he blew everything up instead."

A year after the bombings and Bauman is walking, planning a wedding and preparing for the arrival of his first child.

He says on the anniversary of the bombing he'll get through the way he has all year; knowing all the good people who surround him.

“I think it’s going to be a little bit tough but I’m going to be with all the survivors and it’s great to see everybody,” he said.

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