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