Jet crew member injured in Brussels terror attack returns home

Mumbai (PTI): Jet Airways crew member Nidhi Chaphekar, who was injured in the Brussels airport bombings in March this year and her picture became the face of the terror attack, returned to Mumbai this morning.

42-year-old Nidhi, who has not yet recovered from the injuries suffered in the terrorist attack, arrived at around 7.30 AM today on a Paris-Mumbai Jet airways flight and was driven to Breach Candy hospital from the airport.

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Airline officials said Nidhi has low immunity and doctors have advised her to avoid contact with people.

On March 22, three bombs went off – two at the Brussels airport and one at Mallbeek metro station – leaving 35 people dead, including three suicide bombers.

Nidhi was on her way to board a Jet flight for Newark when the explosions took place. She suffered 15 per cent burns and fractured an ankle.

Her colleague, Amit Motwani, was also injured and is still recovering at a Brussels hospital.

Nidhi, who was treated at Grande Hospital de Chaleroi, about 40 kms from Brussels, was discharged yesterday afternoon and taken to Paris where she boarded the flight to Mumbai.

She spent about 25 days in medically induced coma at the Chaleroi hospital and underwent extensive skin grafting.

Nidhi, who is still wheelchair-bound, was accompanied by her husband Rupesh Chaphekar, and bother-in-law Nilesh Chaphekar, besides the airline’s support staff and its chief medical officer.

She has been with Jet Airways since August 1996.

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