UTAH — An American teenager was hurt in this week’s explosions in Brussels during his third brush with terrorist attacks.
Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels killed at least 30 people and injured 230 others. Among those hurt were at least six Americans, including Mason Wells, 19, who is a missionary from Utah.
Wells was 20 months into his Mormon missionary trip in France and Belgium during the attacks. He was with some of his missionary partners at the time. All of them were hurt but are expected to survive.
Wells’ parents say their son suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, shrapnel injuries and burns on his face and hands.
“He shared with us that he was extremely close to the blast where he was burned by it,” Chad Wells told ABC News. “It’s a blessing from God he’s alive.”
Strangely enough, the family says it’s not the first time they’ve been in the center of a terror attack.
In 2013, Mason and his father were about a block away from the first explosion at the Boston Marathon. Mason’s mother, Kymberly, ran the race.
“I’m dumbfounded to be honest,” said Chad Wells, Mason’s father.
Chad Wells said the Boston terror attack didn’t quell Mason’s desire to serve his church internationally. He also believes it helped him stay calm during the attack in Brussels.
Wells was also in France, but was not hurt, during the Paris attacks.
“The way we get back on our feet after something like this happens is a true test of character,” Chad Wells told ABC News. “He was blessed significantly by God. We see a blessing by this, not a terrible curse.”