Family Friend of One of Three Mormon Missionaries Injured in Brussels Terror Attacks Says: 'We Don't Know How He's Doing'
Three Mormon missionaries from Utah were seriously injured in the Tuesday explosion at the Brussels Airport
brightcove.createExperiences(); A family friend of 19-year-old Mason Wells, one of three Mormon missionaries from Utah injured in the terror attack at Brussels Zaventem Airport’s Departures Hall, tells PEOPLE that the family is still waiting to hear how he’s doing.
“He s in surgery right now. That s all we know,” the family friend, who did not want her name released, says. “There is a lot of trauma over here. We know that he is in foot surgery so hopefully it s not too much more serious than that. We know that he has burns and shrapnel but that s all we know.”
Wells was with Richard Norby, 66, and Joseph Empey, 20, on Tuesday morning when two bombs exploded at the airport.
The three men were sending off a fellow missionary, Sister Fanny Rachel Clain, 20, of France, who was flying to an assignment in Ohio. She wasn’t injured in the attack.
Empey’s grandfather, who is also named Joseph, is hoping and praying that he will be okay.
“They’re going to have operate on his leg and ankle,” he tells PEOPLE. “He is able to walk.”
But despite his injuries, the “fun-loving, twenty-year-old boy” is laughing and is in good spirits, his grandfather says.
He adds: “We re so happy he s going to be okay. All we can do is wait and see at this point.
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All three men serve in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission Paris, France.
“With much of the world, we awoke this morning to the heartbreaking news of the bombings in Belgium,” the First Presidency of the Church said in a statement. “Our prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured, including three of our missionaries who were injured and hospitalized. We also pray for the people of Belgium and France as they continue to deal with the uncertainty and devastation caused by the recent terrorist attacks.”
Along with the explosion at the airport, the Maaelbeek Metro Station was also attacked on Tuesday morning. Both attacks killed a total of 31 people and injured 187.