Mason Wells a Mormon missionary has been injured in the Brussels attacks after surviving bombings in Boston & Paris pic.twitter.com/DEJLZpEe51— ÇapaMagENG (@CapaMagENG) March 23, 2016
Mason Wells is one of four Mormon missionaries who survived Tuesday’s terrorist attacks at Brussels airport. The 19-year-old and his comrades were dropping off another member for a flight when two bombs detonated.
The fascinating part about Wells story is that this was not his first brush with terror. Wells was a spectator during the 2013 Boston Marathon when pressure-cooker bombs planted by the Tsarnaev brothers exploded near the finish line.
The Utah teen was watching his mother who was participating in the race, and they both survived the attack virtually unharmed.
Wells and his father were also in France last November when terrorists carried out bombings and a shooting massacre in Paris that claimed more than 100 lives and resulted in more than 300 injuries. Luckily, Wells was a few hours away in another city when tragedy struck.
Scott Bond, a Latter Day Saints Church Bishop who knows Wells, spoke to the New York Daily News about the close calls Wells has faced:
“It’s incredible he’d be so close to more than one of these. I think any of us would be seriously shaken, but I think he’s someone who could handle this better than anybody. He’s the kind of young man to somehow turn this into a positive. He’s a terrific young man.”
Wells will be hospitalized for a few weeks to receive treatment for burns and an Achilles tendon injury, but once he has recovered he will be able to return to his everyday life.
His parents were thoroughly shaken up after realizing their son has narrowly escaped death three times.
“This is his third terrorist attack," Wells’ dad Chad Wells reportedly told ABC News.
"This is the third time that sadly in our society that we have a connection to a bomb blast," he said. "We live in a dangerous world and not everyone is kind and loving."
Wells’ parents said they’ve always reminded him to be cautious and aware of his surroundings while traveling, advice that has likely helped him remain mostly out of harm’s way in the face of danger.
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While some might think Wells’ frightening encounters symbolize a bad omen or doom, his family has a completely different perspective.
“The way we get back on our feet after something like this happens is a true test of character,” Wells’ father said. “He was blessed significantly by God. We see a blessing by this, not a terrible curse.”
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