Missionary Monday: Update on Missionaries Injured In Belgium Attack

UPDATE: (June 2, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. MDT)

On Friday, May 27, Sister Fanny Clain was briefly reunited with Mason Wells and Dresden Empey. Their 20-minute reunion at the Provo Missionary Training Center was the first time they had seen one another since the morning of March 22, when the bombing occurred in the Brussels airport.

All three missionaries shared their joy at being together again and compared details about their injuries, treatment and recovery. Sister Clain had previously visited Richard Norby in his hospital room at the University of Utah Medical Center. Sister Clain departed the Missionary Training Center on Tuesday, May 31, for her assignment as a full-time missionary in Ohio.

UPDATE: (May 26, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. MDT)

The family of Richard Norby and his wife, Pam, provided the following update Thursday on his condition and progress:

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, nine weeks since the March 22, 2016, bombing at the Brussels Zaventem Airport, Richard Norby was discharged from the University of Utah Medical Center. For our family, this day was an absolute miracle. He and our mother are now creating a new version of normal life for themselves with the addition of daily wound care of his legs and physical and occupational therapy sessions. He still has significant shrapnel wounds to his legs that require attention. His burns and broken left leg are healing as expected. Emotional and physical healing are their priority, and they look forward to what they will learn along the way. The road to recovery remains long but manageable. The outcome for our father remains unseen, but we share his optimism that “it will be ok, whatever ok is. It will be ok.”

This new chapter is a time of gratitude for the many medical personnel in Utah and in Brussels who made this day possible. It is a time of gratitude for all of the many who have prayed for miracles on his and our mother’s behalf. Our family has been comforted and blessed with peace during this wonderfully trying time.

Most importantly, Richard and Pam, as well as the Norby family, would like to express our sincere thanks to a loving Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. God lives. He loves His children and knows each of our needs. While we don’t always understand His purposes for us in this life, we trust that He knows best and understand the important refining process of trials.

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