New Delhi: A 19-year-old was among those fortunate to have escaped the deadly Brussels attack this week with minor injuries. Call it a streak of luck, but Brussels was not the first terror strike that this young man has witnessed and survived to tell the tale. This American Mormon missionary has also cheated death in Boston and Paris.
Mason Wells was extremely close to the explosion. He was helping other missionaries check in for their flights back to the U.S. He has suffered Achilles tendon, shrapnel injures, as well as second and third-degree burns on his face and hands.
In April 2013, when Boston was attacked, Wells was very near to it too. He was watching his mother run the marathon with his father and they both felt the ground shake when a pressure-cooker bomb exploded just a block away from them.
“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,”
Following Boston, Wells was also in Paris on November 13, 2015, when the capital of France came under attack. Serial bomb blasts rocked the city killing 130 people. Luckily, Mason was in a different part of the city and was not injured.
Chad Wells, Mason’s father told a leading daily that he woke up to the news of Brussels’ airport being ripped apart. He spoke to his son, who was groggy after surgery, after eight long hours.
“This is his third terrorist attack. Hopefully he's run his lifelong odds and we're done,”
Chad told ABC News.
"This is the third time that sadly in our society that we have a connection to a bomb blast," Wells told ABC News. "We live in a dangerous world, and not everyone is kind and loving."
Chris Lambson, a friend of the Wells family, said he thinks divine interventions have helped the young man survive in the face of such extraordinary circumstances.