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Brussels attacks: Teenager Mason Wells also survived Boston and Paris attacks

Published 25/03/2016

This undated photo provided by Chad Wells shows Mormon missionaries Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, Utah, left, and Joseph Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, Utah. They both were injured in Tuesday's explosion at the Brussels airport. (Joseph Empey/Chad Wells via AP)
This undated photo provided by Chad Wells shows Mormon missionaries Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, Utah, left, and Joseph Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, Utah. They both were injured in Tuesday's explosion at the Brussels airport. (Joseph Empey/Chad Wells via AP)

US teenager Mason Wells, wounded in the Brussels Airport attack, also survived the Boston Marathon bombing and attack in Paris.

Wells, who is from Sandy, Utah, was in a hospital in the Belgian city of Ghent on Friday, where he told The Associated Press he felt an amazing calm after surviving the suicide bombings on Tuesday at Belgium's main airport.

Mr Wells, a 19-year-old Mormon missionary, said he felt at peace in the moments after surviving the Brussels attack and had a sense that "someone greater than us is watching over us".

Mr Wells was also in Boston at the time of the Boston marathon attack, having gone to support his mother in her race. He was a block away from the Boston Marathon finish line when the bomb detonated. He was also in Paris on November 13 during the deadly terrorist attacks.

 

"‘This is his third terrorist attack," his father, Chad, told ABC News.

"This is the third time that sadly in our society that we have a connection to a bomb blast."

He is expected to make a full recovery after suffering injuries including a severed Achilles tendon and severe burns.

His parents have flown to be by his side in Ghent.

Undated photo provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shows Mormon missionary Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, Utah, who was injured in Tuesday's explosion at the Brussels airport. Mormon church officials say three missionaries including Wells were injured in the Brussels airport attack. (Mormon Church via AP)
Undated photo provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shows Mormon missionary Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, Utah, who was injured in Tuesday's explosion at the Brussels airport. Mormon church officials say three missionaries including Wells were injured in the Brussels airport attack. (Mormon Church via AP)

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