Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Face of the Brussels Attack Is Ready to 'Win the Day'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Face of the Brussels Attack Is Ready to 'Win the Day'

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BRUSSELS * Sebastien Bellin, a 6-foot-9 giant once celebrated for his skills on a basketball court, is better known now as the man photographed lying bloody on the floor of Brussels Airport after the March 22 bombings.

But as he recovers at the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels, Bellin says he's grateful the picture was taken. It shows him how close to death he was and reminds him of all the people who helped save his life.

"That picture set off an incredible amount of positivity ... that ultimately ended up with me keeping both my legs, being alive," says Bellin, a former member of the Belgian national team who also played at Oakland University in Michigan. "So is that the determining factor? No, probably not. But is it one of the factors? Absolutely."

It's almost as if he feels everyone who saw the photo pulling for him. …

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