Jeff Bauman, the young man who is the subject of an iconic photograph from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, has shown that there can be happiness and fulfillment after tragedy.
The young man and his fiancée, Erin Hurley, announced on Bauman's public Facebook page that they welcomed on Sunday a baby girl into the world. Nora Gail Bauman was born on July 13, the posting said. "Everyone is happy and healthy," it read.
Bauman, 28, has tended to shy away from the media since the horrific day when both his legs were blown off during the April 15, 2013, blasts, and since an iconic news image showed him, face ashen, legs ruined, being carried off the course.
But his Facebook page has reflected a series of milestones as he recuperates and creates a new normal. Last month, the Facebook page announced Bauman, who now wears prosthetics, had returned to his job at Costco.
In March, a post appeared on the Facebook page that Bauman and Hurley were expecting their first child. In April, publishers released his memoir, Stronger, focused on the marathon bombings and his life since, and written in collaboration with Bret Witter.
Reaction on the Facebook page was dramatic and supportive. "Beautiful baby and beautiful family!" one person wrote. "Congrats you both deserve happiness!!!!!!" wrote another.