Two of the four missionaries seriously injured in the Brussels bombing have been transported to to the United States to continue their treatments following the Brussels airport bombing.
The former companions — Elder Mason Wells and Elder Joseph Empey — are both receiving medical care at University of Utah Hospital, where they are reuniting for the first time since being taken to separate hospitals following the blast in the Brussels airport. They have been released from their missionary service.
Elder Richard Norby, who came out of his medically-induced coma on Sunday, and Sister Fanny Clain, a French missionary, are continuing to receive medical attention in hospitals in Brussels. Elder Norby, a Lehi resident, will be transported to the United States to further treat his injuries and will be released from his missionary service, while Sister Clain plans on continuing her missionary service following her recovery.
“These missionaries and their loved ones have all been through a traumatic experience,” said Elder Brent H. Nielson, executive director of the Church’s Missionary Department. “They have each borne it with faith and fortitude. We are proud of all of them.”
Kymberly Wells, the mother of Mason Wells, told UtahValley360 today that Mason’s release from full-time missionary work was a “tearful, wonderful, tender, bittersweet experience.” She also said that watching Mason reunite with his 17-year-old brother, Colby, was one of the sweetest experiences of her life.
“We are finding great comfort in being back home where we can heal and move forward with increased faith in a loving God,” Kymberly said.
The University of Utah is working toward holding a press conference later this week for the physicians and families to speak to the media. In the meantime, the families are asking for privacy but are also expressing gratitude for the tremendous outpouring of support.