Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Brussels attack braveheart gets royal invitation

Mumbai: Jet Airways air hostess, Nidhi Chapekar, a survivor of last year’s Brussels airport terror attack, has been invited by King Philippe of Belgium to commemorate the March 22 bombings that left 31 dead and 270 wounded.

Chapekar was supposed to be in Brussels from March 18 on the invitation of the National Channel. “Today, I was informed of an invitation from the King of Belgium by the high commission. I am yet to receive it.” Chapekar had written to the Royal Palace during her recuperation in Brussels, and had thanked King Philippe who met her husband, Rupesh, and enquired about her well-being.

Nidhi continues to be employed with the airline, but does not fly any more.

“Since my return to India in May last year, I have undergone a surgery on my left ear. A surgery on my leg is pending and will happen soon.”

Chapekar told Mumbai Mirror that she would complete a second medical review with the team of doctors who attended to her while in Brussels.

The 41-year-old was on her way to board a Jet Airways flight for Newark when the explosions took place. A photograph of hers, taken immediately after the explosions, became the defining image of Daesh’s bombings. Chapekar survived despite sustaining more than 20% burns, multiple fractures, crushed bones, ruptured eardrums and being in a state of induced coma for 23 days.

Doctors had then noted that they are amazed at her will power and positive outlook. Chapekar, who has been with Jet Airways for over twenty years, also underwent extensive skin grafting.
21/02/17 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror

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