Gov. Maggie Hassan visits Jeff Bauman in rehab
Gov. Maggie Hassan had a simple message for Jeff Bauman when she visited him at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston yesterday: The Granite State is rooting for him.
“Jeff is just a very impressive young man, and I came down just to say hello to him, wish him well and also let him know that the Granite State stands with him,” she said.
Bauman, 27, had both of his legs amputated after being badly injured in the Boston Marathon bombings April 15. He’s from Massachusetts but visits Concord often to see his dad and stepmother, Jeff and Csilla Bauman, usually once every few weeks. He also works at the Costco in Nashua. During Hassan’s brief visit, the two talked about Concord, Boston sports, Bauman’s recovery process and recent comments by state Rep. Stella Tremblay. Bauman said he hasn’t paid attention to Tremblay, who recently said she didn’t know if his injuries were real.
“She doesn’t represent what we all want you to know about the Granite State and how much we’re all rooting for you,” Hassan told him.
The two also talked sports, as Bauman left the rehab facility to attend Saturday night’s Boston Bruins game, where he was honored out on the ice. Bauman is able to travel using a wheelchair and a slide board to get in and out of cars. Hassan told him her family is well-versed in wheelchair-accessible vehicles because her son uses a wheelchair. But Jeff said he’s hoping he’ll be up and walking on prosthetics soon and won’t even have to use one.
He does physical therapy for three hours every day and is looking forward to getting moving.
“I’ll be around, I like to get moving,” he told her. “This is killing me, staying in here.”
Hassan also thanked Bauman for the role he played in helping the FBI identify Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two brothers authorities believe were responsible for the bombings.
“What we saw here is a young man who also is a very active person and very determined person, and I think that’s one of the things that appears to have helped him identify the suspects,” she said.
Although Bauman isn’t a New Hampshire resident, he told Hassan about how much he enjoys visiting his family in Concord, especially in the summer.
“I love that state,” he said.
After visiting Bauman, Hassan also stopped in to see Al and Martha Galvis, of Nashua. Martha is also recovering at Spaulding after losing fingers and suffering leg damage.