Boston Marathon bombing survivor welcomes new baby: 'I just want to be a good dad'

Jeff Bauman's fiancée, Erin Hurley, gave birth Sunday.

Published 15 July 2014  |  
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Erin Hurley, Jeff Bauman, and baby Nora Gail Bauman, born July 13, 2014.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman welcomed a baby girl, Nora Gail Bauman, into the world on Sunday.

Bauman and fiancée Erin Hurley shared photos of their new addition, and expressed joy about being parents.

"Everyone is happy and healthy!" the couple wrote on their Facebook page. They included a photo of a smiling Erin, still in her hospital bed, and Bauman holding the baby in his wheelchair.

The couple announced on April 15, 2014 that they were engaged and expecting their first child.

"My mom loves it. My dad's going crazy," Bauman told the Associated Press. "I just want to be a good dad."

Bauman lost both of his lower legs during the horrific attacks on April 15, 2013. Two bombs detonated near the marathon's finish line, killing three people and injuring over 260. Over a dozen people suffered limb amputations.

The 28-year-old, who was watching Hurley participate in the race, gave police a description of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a police shootout. Tsarnaev's brother, Dzhokhar, is currently on trial for the massacre.

A photo of Bauman being wheeled from the grisly scene went viral last year. The graphic picture shows one of his legs blown off near the knee, and the other bleeding and tied with a tourniquet.

The shocking photo led to international attention for Bauman, and Lionsgate recently announced that they will produce a film about his injury and recovery. The movie, titled "Stronger," will be based on the eponymous book by Bauman and Bret Witter.

In the book, Bauman describes how he was not only physically, but spiritually transformed after the attack, and details his struggle to walk and recommence other activities of daily living.

Bauman wrote in "Stronger" that the blast damaged him, but didn't destroy him.

"I saw the bomber," Bauman said. "He took my legs, but he didn't break me. He only made me stronger."

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