Boston Bomb Victims Visit With Michelle Obama, Throw Pitch at Baseball Game

PHOTO: Jeff Bauman
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Six weeks after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, victims of the attack are re-emerging into the spotlight, getting crowned prom queen, throwing out first pitches at baseball games, and meeting with the first lady.

Three people were killed and more than 170 injured when the bombs, placed inside pressure cookers in backpacks, exploded near the finish line during the fourth hour of the April 15 race.

Today, some of those victims met with Michelle Obama, who also traveled to Boston the week of the bombings to meet with victims while they were in hospitals. Today's event was private, and the names of the attendees were not released.

Boston hospitals were filled the day of the bombing with victims who had suffered shrapnel wounds from the explosions, and several had their legs amputated.

Two suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Djhokhar Tsarnaev, were later cornered by police. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed, while Djhokhar was wounded and apprehended.

One victim of the attacks, Jeff Bauman, of Chelmsford, Mass., who was snapped in an iconic photo taken just moments after the explosion, appeared Tuesday night at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

Bauman, 27, was seen in the photo sitting in a wheelchair, looking ashen and injured in the moments after the explosion, while a stranger in a cowboy hat who came to his rescue helped wheel him out of the street where the bomb had gone off. Bauman became a double-amputee as a result of the attack.

On Tuesday night, Bauman appeared at the Red Sox game smiling and cheerful in his wheelchair with the man who helped get him to safety on April 15, Carlos Arredondo, still wearing a cowboy hat.

"As a lifelong Sox fan, I am so grateful for this unforgettable opportunity. I can't think of any other place that symbolizes Boston's strength, perseverance and heart more than Fenway, and I am so proud to now be a part of its history," Bauman said in a statement.

Another victim, 18-year-old Sydney Corcoran, whose foot was severely damaged during the explosion, was crowned prom queen at her high school. Corcoran's mother, Celeste, lost both of her legs in the attack as the two of them watched the end of the race.

A Facebook page created to support the Corcorans posted photos of Sydney in her crown and sash. Corcoran posted "thank you" messages to her Twitter today.

The family did not return calls seeking comment.

"There's some tough days and yesterday I had kind of a down day, but you just get through those days and you just power on, and the next day is another day, and it is prom day. So you can't be sad on prom day," Corcoran told Boston news station WFXT.

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