Mason Wells, a 19-year-old Mormon missionary from Utah, told reporters from his burn unit in Belgium today that he “feels lucky” after surviving the Islamic terror attack at the Brussels airport earlier this week.
Wells had gone to the Zaventem airport outside of Brussels to drop someone off when the blasts occurred.
He recounted details of the first explosion, which he said physically lifted his body off the ground. “I was actually conscious for all of it, even the several hours following,” he said before describing the first of two explosions:
“The blast was really loud. I remember feeling a lot of really hot and really cold feelings on the whole right side of my body. I was covered in a fair amount of blood."
Wells remembers seeing fire in front of his face and heard the second blast as he was running out of the airport.
He repeatedly told CNN that he felt lucky to be alive:
“My only thoughts, my only feelings just for the people that are out there, I hope that they’re doing okay. I’ve just wanted to pray for them. I’ve been praying for them since it happened. That’s the only feeling I have is I hope they’re okay. I’m very lucky. I know there there were some that were not as lucky as I was.”
Wells is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries, which include serious burns and a severed Achilles tendon, reports The Wrap.
Strangely, Wells was also a mere two blocks away from the Islamic terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013. He was also in Paris at the time of the Islamic terror attacks there in which at least 130 died.