Updated: April 30, 2013 6:30PM
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who remains in the hospital after surviving the Boston Marathon bombings avoided losing his legs because he was jumping over metal railing and was airborne as the second explosion went off under him, causing three friends to lose their limbs.
Jarrod Clowery of Stoneham suffered severe burn and shrapnel wounds in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
He spoke to reporters Tuesday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he remains with one of his friends.
Dr. Robert Riviello says Clowery had nearly 40 pieces of shrapnel in his body, including 20 ball bearings and 2 carpenter nails that remain buried under his skin.
The blast also burned 10 percent of his body.
The four friends were watching another friend finish the marathon.