Mormon missionary injured in Brussels attack was in Boston, Paris during other attacks

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BRUSSELS–The father of a Utah Mormon missionary seriously wounded during a bombing at the Brussels airport says his son is recovering and doing OK after surviving another major attack.

Chad Wells says his 19-year-old son, Mason Wells, was feet away from Tuesday’s blast, suffering severe burns and a severed Achilles tendon.

“At departure, one of the bombs went off. That’s where Mason was injured,” Chad Wells said.  And when he finally reached his son on the phone? “That was amazing relief. Pure joy to hear Mason’s voice to know that he’s alive, he’s okay.”

Two other Utah missionaries were seriously wounded, and French missionary with them had minor injuries.

Chad Wells says he and his son were only a block from the Boston marathon bombing in 2013. They went to watch his wife run the race. None of them was injured, but they felt the ground shake.

The younger Wells also was two hours away from Paris during a series of attacks in the city last November.

“I think two’s enough for a lifetime,” Chad Wells said. “I’m dumbfounded to be honest. I only hope the Boston experience gave him some peace because he was in the turmoil right there when the blast happened and it was pretty chaotic from what I’ve heard.”