First Boston, then Paris, and now Brussels: 19-year-old survives THREE attacks

By Mieke Vlok
23 March 2016

Don’t travel to the places 19-year-old American missionary Mason Wells goes to. It seems the poor man attracts trouble wherever he goes.

Mason recently experienced and survived his third terrorist attack, in the Belgian capital, Brussels, when a bomb exploded at the airport, his family told ABC News.

They said Mason was in the midst of the terror attack in Paris in November last year when gunmen went on a rampage. He was also present at the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.

Read more: Harrowing footage shows terrified civilians fleeing Brussels airport after explosions

“This is his third terrorist attack,” said his father Chad, who woke up to news of the bombing, just as his son was due to pass through the airport on a mission trip.

After a call to his son's mission president in France, Chad was relieved to find out his son was alive -- but he was injured in the attack.

"I'm completely shocked by the news. It's the kind of thing as a parent you never, ever want to wake up to," he said. "We're just grateful that's he lived through this experience."

"Hopefully he's run his lifelong odds and we're done. I think it will make him a stronger person."

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Mason is recovering in hospital in Brussels, where he’s being treated for an injury to his heel, severe burns and shrapnel injuries.

Mason was one of three Mormon missionaries who were in Brussels during the attack. Richard Norby (66), and Joseph Empey (20) were apparently with Mason and also suffered severe injuries.

The terrorist group ISIS has admitted responsibility for the attack, as well as for a separate one that took place on the same day at a Brussels railway station. It’s estimated that 34 died in the attacks.

Read more: World monuments light up in support of Brussels

“We’re grateful that our son, Mason Wells, survived the attack and is receiving quality medical care. We have spoken to him briefly and he feels blessed that he wasn't injured more, given his close proximity to the bomb,” his parents said in a statement in the possession of People magazine.

Sources: People Magazine, ABC News, Daily Mail, CNN

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