The injured man gives a thumbs-up sign in a Twitter photo with the star at the hospital
Credit: Courtesy Julian Edelman

It’s difficult to find anything approaching a silver lining in the mayhem that has rocked Boston.

But Bradley Cooper is giving it his best.

The Oscar-nominated star, 38, who’s in town filming a movie, paid a visit to Jeff Bauman Jr., who lost both legs below the knee in the blasts at the Boston Marathon. Bauman was there to see his girlfriend, Erin Hurley, cross the finish line.

A Twitter photo shows the smiling Cooper next to Bauman’s bed at Boston Medical Center. Bauman is giving a thumbs-up sign.

New England Patriot Julian Edelman, who tweeted the picture, told PEOPLE Friday that Bauman was doing “pretty well.”

“He’s a really tough guy,” says Edelman, who decided to surprise Bauman after hearing he was “a huge Patriots fan.”

“He was coherent – we talked about football. He actually threw me the ball,” says Edelman. “His mom, stepmom, brother, sister, dad and grandfather were there. You can tell they’re a strong family. Jeff is a true inspiration.”

Half-way through the visit, adds Edelman, Cooper “showed up out of the blue.”

The same day, Cooper also attended the interfaith service where President Obama paid tribute to the bombing victims and their families.