TODAY   |  July 11, 2013

Boston victim ‘way stronger’ than before bombing

One of the iconic photos from the Boston Marathon bombing captured Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs, being hustled out by Carlos Arredondo. NBC’s Brian Williams talks to Bauman about those terrifying moments, how his recovery is going, and his plans for the future.

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>>> we're back at 7:41. one of the iconic images from the boston marathon bombing being rescued. now both men are speaking out in their first interview together to nbc's brian williams .

>> jeff, the sweaty guy in the cowboy hat was a welcomed sight when you needed him.

>> oh, yeah. he was the one that picked me up off the ground. he said his shoulder was hurting but he grabbed me with one hand.

>> i saw the quantity of blood and i knew jeff was a person who needed to go soon, very quick to the emergency room because he lost so much blood at the time.

>> when he came up to me, like, no. you have to go. he's great. every time i see him now he's so uplifting and so concerned with how i'm doing and how i'm feeling. and he's amazing.

>> without him, there is no you. and now you're destined to be friends for the rest of your lives.

>> pretty insane. it's cool.

>> i know when people ask you how you're doing you always answer fine. how are you different from before the marathon?

>> stronger. way stronger. i can lift my whole body weight with these. a hundred times if i want to.

>> what have you learned about the resilience of the human body ?

>> it's crazy. it's really tough. it's insane. i am a quick healer. they were calling me wolverine, one of those guys that heals really quick because i have burns, bad burns, and they were gone. i know it was great care with the nurses tending to my wounds every day that helped me but four weeks my burns were almost gone.

>> where do you see yourself in five years?

>> i really want to do something great. i want to be out there and help people. i want to just help people. that's what i want to do.

>> an amazing story of resilience.