Donations roll in for Jeff Bauman - Boston bombing victim who helped identify suspects after losing his legs
Friends of Bauman - who has only partial medical insurance - set up online fund which has already reached over $330,000
Friends of the man who helped police identify the suspected Boston Marathon bombers after losing his legs in the blast have set up an online fund to help pay for his hospital bills.
Jeff Bauman was pictured being wheeled to an ambulance by Carlos Arredondo shortly after Monday's attack. He had lost both his legs below the knee. According to the Boston Globe, the 27-year-old has medical insurance through his employer, Costco, but not enough to meet the inevitable costs of life after the disaster.
It is now thought that it was his intervention which helped police track down the suspected perpetrators, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Still in intensive care, Mr Bauman “woke up, under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right me,’” his brother, Chris, revealed.
The day after the blast, his friend Brooke Gibbs set up the appeal on the website Gofundme.com.
She wrote: "We have created this fundraiser to raise money to help support our dear friend, Jeff and his family.
"As most of you know, Jeff was severely affected by the tragedy that had taken place at the Patriots Day Boston Marathon this year. Throughout this difficult time we want to help in every which way we possibly can to get Bauman back on track as soon as possible.
"Medical bills are going to start rolling in, let's get a head start on helping out Bauman and his family! Every dollar counts!!
"We're all praying for a quick and safe recovery!"
Since then, the fund has bulged to over $330,000 (£216,663), with over 8219 donations, making an average donation of $40.
Yesterday, as the total surged, Ms Gibbs wrote: "Thank you EVERYONE for all your generous donations!! Truly blessed to have such great support and love!"
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
- 2 Isis release 'Flames of War' video warning Obama of attacks troops could face in Iraq
- 3 Pakistani passenger power forces two politicians off plane
- 4 Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for spe...
£90 - £160 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Science Teacher (mater...
£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for an ...
£22000 - £37000 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: A West Yorkshire School i...