This Teenager Survived Terrorist Attacks In Brussels, Paris And Boston

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Yesterday, two explosions hit Brussel’s Zaventem Airport, killing at least 14 people.

This was Mason Wells third brush with terrorism – he was also in Paris on November 13 last year and was a block away from the Boston Marathon finish line at the time of the bombing.

The 19-year-old, from America, was visiting Brussels as a Mormon missionary and was in the airport at the time of the bombing.

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Wells was hit by shrapnel when the bombs, which were hidden in suitcases, detonated. He ruptured his Achilles tendon and suffered second and third-degree burns on his face and hands, ABC News reports.

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He was with two other missionaries at the time – they were also injured, but survived.

His father, Chad, told ABC News: “This is his third terrorist attack.¬†This is the third time that sadly in our society that we have a connection to a bomb blast.

“We live in a dangerous world and not everyone is kind and loving.”

Chad said he and Mason were a block away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013 when the bombing took place. They were waiting for Mason’s mother, Kymberly Wells, who was a runner.

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He credits Mason’s experience in the Boston bombing in helping him to stay calm during¬†yesterday’s attack in Brussels.

He said:

I think the Boston experience helped him to stay calm.

The way we get back on our feet after something like this happens is a true test of character.

We see this as a blessing. Not a terrible curse.

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Mason is currently at a Belgian hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Watch eyewitness accounts and Mason’s story (4:28) here:


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