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(BRUSSELS) — An American missionary injured in the attack at the Brussels airport has been put in a medically induced coma, according to his family.

Richard Norby, 66, a Mormon missionary serving in Paris, had gone to the airport to drop off other missionaries as they left to go to the U.S., his family said, noting Norby had several injuries from the bomb blast, including second-degree burns and severe trauma from shrapnel in his lower leg.

“After a lengthy surgery he was placed in a medically induced coma, and will remain in this state for the next few days, with a lengthy recovery expected,” his family said in a statement Wednesday. “His wife, Pamela Norby, was not at the airport at the time of the attack and is supporting him during this challenging time.”

Norby of Lehi, Utah, was able to call his wife on Tuesday and tell her he was injured, according to his son-in-law.

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