According to a report by Deseret News, Elder Richard Norby has returned to the United States to receive ongoing care for his injuries.
Norby sustained the greatest injuries of four missionaries harmed in the terrorist attacks in a Brussels airport in March. He is currently being treated for burns and shrapnel wounds. Norby’s family released the following public statement:
“Elder Richard Norby has made positive strides in his recovery over the past many days. His feeding tube was removed earlier this week and he is enjoying solid foods again. He is more alert and has repeatedly thanked his Belgian medical staff for their care and concern.
“On Saturday, April 16, 2016, twenty-six days after the Brussels terrorist attacks, Elder Norby, accompanied by his wife, returned to the United States on an air ambulance plane. He was admitted to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is receiving continued care for his burns and shrapnel wounds.
“As his family, we would like to sincerely thank the many nurses and physicians at the A.Z. Jan Portaels Hospital and the Queen Astrid Military Hospital that have cared for our husband and father with sympathy, professionalism, and love over these many weeks. You have become our friends and answers to our prayers. At the time of this next step in his care, we are still very mindful of the many other victims and families that are suffering and in mourning. You remain in our prayers.”
Norby’s wounds included broken bones, second-degree burns, and shrapnel wounds up to 2 inches deep. He also developed an infection. The Deseret News reported the doctors in Brussels told Norby’s wife it was lucky he wasn’t facing the bast; his internal organs would have been shredded.
Norby is 66 and originally from Lehi, Utah. He had accompanied three missionaries to the airport when the blast detonated.
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