Former LDS Missionary Leaves Hospital Nearly 9 Weeks After Belgium Blast

Lehi LDS Missionary
Pam and Richard Norby. Photo: 2016 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

LEHI, Utah, May 26, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Richard Norby, the last of three Utah LDS missionaries to remain hospitalized for shrapnel and burn injuries after the March 22 terrorist bombing of the Brussels Airport, has been released and is continuing his recovery at his home in Lehi with wife Pam.

A new post on the Richard Norby Story Facebook page late on Wednesday said the road ahead to recovery is long for the former missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“For our family, this day was an absolute miracle,” the post reads, in part.

“He and our mother are now creating a new version of normal for themselves with the addition of daily would care of his legs and physical and occupational therapy. He still has significant shrapnel wounds to his lets 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.’

Norby post

Also injured in the blast were Elder Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, and Elder Joseph Dresden Empey, 20, of Santa Clara. Like Norby, both were treated in Brussels before being flown to the University of Utah Burn Center. Both have been released.

All three men were released from their mission callings after returning to the United States.

Sister Fanny Fanny Clain, 20, of Reunion Island, France, has been treated in Belgium for her original injuries and a resulting blood infection.


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