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After six surgeries and 79 days at a Brussels hospital, bombing survivor Sebastien Bellin traveled home to Michigan, where he was greeted with a very special welcome home celebration
He left Brussels Erasme Hospital at 4 a.m. to embark on his trip home to the U.S.
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Sebastien chose to fly out of an airport in Amsterdam, rather than a closer one in Brussels. “There’s still vivid images of the attack in my mind and I just don’t want to wake anything up,” he said.
Sebastien was greeted by airport personnel on his 13-hour flight home. “I can’t wait for Cici and Vi to run to me to me – three months in the making – a long time,” he said.
Sebastien arrived at Detroit Metro airport. His wife, Sara, ran to embrace him. “I couldn’t stop smiling,” she explained.
Sebastien’s 4-year-old daughter, Vanessa, jumped onto her father’s lap. “I missed him so much when he was gone,” she said.
Daughters Cecilia and Vanessa, and nephew Grayson show their affection.
“The amount of love that was in that group was just unbelievable,”said Sebastien Bellin.
Sebastien Bellin and his sister-in-law, Emily Shimmel, embrace.
“All of a sudden it’s a realization that hey, the toughest part is behind you. The road is still long, but you got all these people that have your back,” he explained.
Sebastien Bellin’s daughter, Vanessa, accompanies him out of the airport as he heads to the ambulance.
Sebastien Bellin is taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan where he will spend two weeks in rehabilitation before returning to his house in Battle Creek.