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Basketball player wounded in Brussels bombings reunites with family

A surprise reunion after the Brussels terror attack may have been the best medicine for a professional basketball player injured at the airport
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BRUSSELS --Police have discovered that the terrorists who bombed Brussels had pictures of the Belgian prime minister's residence and office on a laptop.

More than 30 people were killed in the attacks. Nearly 90 are still in the hospital, including Sebastien Bellin, who played college basketball in the United States.

It was a surprise reunion like no other. CBS News was there to see Bellin reunited with his father Jean, stepmother Lisa, his wife Sarah and two younger brothers.

"We couldn't wait to see you, Sebby," Jean Bellin told his son.

"This makes it real," Seb responded.

Jean Bellin embraces his son Seb, who was severely injured in the Brussels airport bombings. CBS News

Bellin came close to death eight days ago after terrorist bombs ripped through the Brussels airport, sending the 6'10'' athlete flying more than 50 feet into the air.

He's recovering from four surgeries to his hips and legs.

"Seeing that photo was, I mean, extremely terrifying and to think that that happened to our family and -- it's like an invasion into your little circle," Sarah told CBS News.

His father said he never doubted Seb would pull through.

Brussels attacks survivor talks from hospital bed 02:16

"I think the initial shock of seeing that picture -- we both lost it and I was completely in shock for maybe three minutes, but then, you know, I started looking at the picture more closely and said, 'Okay, he's going to be okay."

"This is surreal, I'm so sorry I'm at a loss for words," Seb said. "If you would have told me that this was going to happen a week after lying on the floor in that airport -- it's two extremes. I don't know how I'll ever repay my gratitude to have my family around me."

It's not clear how long the recovery process will be, but Seb's family said they'll be with him every step of the way.

A GoFundMe page has been created to raise funds for Sebastien Bellin.

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