Battle Creek man's survival story on 48 Hours

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - The fight for life for a Battle Creek man wounded in a European terrorist attack is featured Saturday on a network television broadcast.

Sebastien Bellin nearly died when terrorists attacked in the Brussels airport and nearby train station in March.

Bellin, who lives in Battle Creek with his wife, the former Sara Schimmel, and two daughters, Cecilia and Vanessa, is a former Belgium professional basketball star and who was working for a sports video company, Keemotion, nearly died in the March 22 attack.

A photograph of Bellin, bleeding on the floor of the airport after the attack, circulated around the world. He lost about 50 percent of his blood and spent weeks in a Bussels hospital after bombs shattered bones and tore muscles in his legs.

His story of an eight-month recovery, "Live to Tell: The Long Road Home," will be told on the CBS program "48 Hours" at 10 p.m. Saturday.

"The violence of an explosion just rocks you," he said in the program. "I didn't really care whether I had legs or not, I just was going to be alive."

He said his wife and two daughters were his motivation to live and recover.

CBS said the story examines what is required to survive an attack and then to put a life back together. The program will show both setbacks and highs. It will include Bellin's own description of the attack, his three months in the hospital and his physical therapy which eventually included a return to the basketball court.

Battle Creek Enquirer


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