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Eagle Scout recovering after he was injured in Brussels attack

Mason Wells, an Eagle Scout from Utah, was injured in Tuesday’s deadly bombings in Brussels.

Wells, who became an Eagle Scout as a member of Team 1190 of the Utah National Parks Council, was in Belgium serving as a Mormon missionary when the attack took place.

I reached out to the Wells family today at their Sandy, Utah, home. The parents were rushing to get to the airport to fly to Paris and then on to Brussels, so they weren’t able to speak.

But Chris Lambson, a family friend and Wells’ Young Men leader for the LDS church, told me the Eagle Scout is recovering nicely.

“He’s doing really well,” Lambson said. “They operated on the Achilles tendon yesterday, and he has another surgery tomorrow.”

In addition to the ruptured Achilles, Wells suffered second- and third-degree burns on the right side of his head and the palm of his hand. Given the teenager’s proximity to the blast, Lambson said, he was lucky.

“I don’t mean to minimize it, but they’re not that bad,” Lambson said of Wells’ injuries. “They are bad, but they could’ve been far worse. We feel extremely fortunate.”

Lambson’s voice caught with emotion when he talked about the character of this injured Eagle Scout.

“In 20 years of working with the Young Men’s organization, Mason’s one of the finest young men I’ve ever worked with,” he said. “He’s a great leader and a great example to other young men in the organization.”

Wells’ parents are heading to Brussels to be with their son, and Lambson wanted to make sure I mentioned the role Congressman Jason Chaffetz played in making that possible. Understandably, it’s not easy to travel to Brussels right now.

“[Chaffetz] went the extra mile to get them there,” Lambson said.

The family intends to bring Wells back to the U.S., Lambson said, but he told me the teenager has been well cared-for by doctors in Belgium.

“The Brussels medical system is great,” Lambson said. “We think he’s receiving the best of care, but it’d be better to have him local.”

What you can do

Knowing that the Scouting movement is like one big family, I asked Lambson how people could send their condolences and get-well wishes to Wells.

He suggested sending those letters or cards to:

Great Salt Lake Council
c/o Brian Sheets, Chief Financial Officer
525 Foothill Blvd.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113

Sheets, who has known Wells for a long time, told me “he’s a very diligent, sober-minded young man.”

6 Comments on Eagle Scout recovering after he was injured in Brussels attack

  1. Great example of a young man who learned his first duty, his Duty to God: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=39045184&nid=148&title=missionary-from-utah-injured-in-brussels-attacks-felt-gods-love-after-blasts

  2. Glad to hear he is recovering. As a commissioner in the Atlanta Ga. Silver Comet District we are praying for him and those other families that fell victim to such a unfortunate event. Eagle Scouts do make good leaders and here is one that has been blessed. May his family know that we are concerned about them too. Don Jensen

  3. Mikda v mullins // March 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm // Reply

    On behalf of Troop and Crew 32 from Romney WV We wish him a speedy recovery and thank the Lord his injuries were not worse. God’s hand must have been protecting him.

  4. Jaime Gerritsen // March 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm // Reply

    On behalf of Troop 698 in Simi Valley Ca. Take good care of yourself and share your story. It helps you heal in more ways than one. Tragedy can be a scar not yet seen. My God bless your recovery.

  5. The other missionary with him, his companion, was also an Eagle Scout! They were both blessed, it could have been so much worse. The lord definately protected them!

  6. Jeanne Leitzel // March 28, 2016 at 11:47 pm // Reply

    On behalf of Troop 520 from Mifflinburg, PA, we wish Mason and the others injured in the bombing a speedy recovery. My understanding Mason was in several other close calls being close to the bombing in Boston and also just recently in Paris. God must have some special plans for this young man.

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