Student, marathon blast victim reunite in hospital

Posted: 04/22/13 at 12:20 am EDT      Last Updated: 04/22/13 at 11:32 pm EDT

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Framingham State College student reunited with the man he helped save after the blast at the Boston Marathon finish line.

The student used his shirt to help a man severely injured by the bomb.

Ron Brassard and Robert Wheeler were strangers just a week ago.

"Look, he's trying to out-funny me," Brassard said.

Terror made them fast friends.

"I do [believe in fate] now. I do today. How can you not?" Brassard said.

"If you would have asked me Monday morning I don't think I would have said yes, absolutely," said Wheeler.

It was 23-year-old Robert Wheeler who took the shirt off his back and wrapped it around 51-year-old Ron Brassard's severely-injured leg.

"When I looked down and saw what was happening. At that moment I absolutely needed someone to help me. And that someone was Rob," said Brassard.

Brassard stood by the finish line with his wife and daughter to cheer a friend. Wheeler wasn't even supposed to run the race. A friend who couldn't make it gave the college senior his spot.

"I hope I don't get banned from the Boston Marathon for this one," Wheeler said. "I didn't have a scratch on me. You don't think should I help someone. You're there. You do that."

Brassard's wife and daughter suffered shrapnel injuries. Ron will keep his leg. But now the man who's always been the caretaker needs care.

"Logically I know there's too much pride, but it's been a difficult week for me. It's been a difficult week," Brassard said.

A radio station gave Ron's family Red Sox tickets for Sunday’s game. Rob went in his place.

"We're going to attending on May 19 Rob's graduation. We're part of each other's life now," Brassard said.

And how’s this for fate? Wheeler slowed down on mile 16 when his knee locked up and helped a woman who fell at mile 25. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been there to help save Brassard’s leg.

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