Four missionaries were injured at the Brussels airport during the deadly terrorist attacks that ripped through Belgium's capital on Tuesday.
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Elder Richard Norby (66) of Lehi, Utah; Elder Joseph Empey (20) of Santa Clara, Utah; and Elder Mason Wells (19) of Sandy, Utah. were all accompanying Sister Fanny Rachel Clain (20) of Montélimar, France, as she prepared to leave to fulfill her missionary assignment in Ohio.
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All four missionaries were injured and are being treated for their injuries at a local hospital.
Elder Mason Wells (19). Image from Mormon Newsroom.
The family of Elder Mason Wells expressed their gratitude that their son survived, saying Elder Wells felt blessed he wasn't injured further considering his proximity to the explosion. Though he is recovering from a sugery to repair his ruptured Achilles' tendon, the family says Elder Wells is doing well.
Chad and Kymberly Wells said:
“We are grateful that our son, Elder Mason Wells, survived the attack and is receiving quality medical care. We have spoken to him briefly and he feels blessed that he wasn’t injured more given his close proximity to the bomb. He has undergone surgery to repair his Achilles heel and he’s also been treated for burns and shrapnel injuries. As a family, we feel the power of prayer from those we know and those who only heard Mason’s name for the first time today. We will continue to pray and hope for everyone affected by this tragedy.”
Elder Joseph Empey (20). Image from Mormon Newsroom.
The family of Elder Empey recently came out with this statement, updating those concerned of the status of Elder Empey, who recently underwent surgery to remove shrapnel from his leg. They also expressed their heartfelt love for other families suffering as a result of these terrible attacks.
Court and Amber Empey said:
This has been a difficult day for our family, and our hearts are broken for those injured or killed by the attacks in Belgium. We are grateful our son, Elder Joseph Dresden Empey, is alive and doing well. He has been treated for 2nd degree burns to his hands, face, and head, and surgery was just completed for shrapnel injuries to his legs. We have been in touch with him and he is grateful and in good spirits. We have also been in contact with his mission president. We are thankful for the outpouring of love and prayers from throughout the world, and we pray for all those affected by this tragedy.
Elder Richard Norby (66). Image from Mormon Newsroom.
Elder Norby sustained burns and shrapnel injuries similar to Elder Empey and Elder Wells after he was knocked to the ground by the explosion. He is currently recovering in a Belgium hospital.
Sister Fanny Rachel Clain (20). Image from Mormon Newsroom.
Since Sister Clain was already passed airport security when the blast went off, she only sustained minor cuts and injuries.