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LDS sister missionary injured in Brussels attack speaks from hospital bed

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Posted at 9:23 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 10:40:36-04

BRUSSELS -- A sister missionary for the LDS Church who was injured in the Brussels attack is speaking out about her experience.

Sister Fanny Clain of France spoke to Belgian TV from her hospital room Thursday afternoon. While she spoke in French, a translation was provided.

“Then there was suddenly a huge noise,” she said. “It seemed the end of the world though.”

Sister Fanny Rachel Clain (20) of Montélimar, France. © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sister Fanny Rachel Clain (20) of Montélimar, France. © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Clain said she could see right away she was wounded.

“The people around me told me that I burned,” she said. “I could see myself in a mirror, half burned, but I did not dare look further.”

Clain had passed through security at the Brussels airport when the bombs exploded Tuesday. She said she was not scared, despite the burns she suffered.

The other LDS missionaries who took Clain to the airport were also injured. Those three are from Utah.

The LDS Church said Thursday the families of those injured Utah missionaries are headed to Brussels to make medical decisions for their family members.

Sister Fanny Rachel Clain's father, Thierry Clain, provided this update on her condition Friday:

"Fanny is doing well. She was operated on today to remove shrapnel from her body and is resting. She also received 2nd degree burns to her hands and face and is receiving treatment. I have been in contact with the hospital, but was unable to talk with Fanny because she was sleeping. I have been extremely touched by the concern and goodness expressed by others in regards to Fanny. I look forward to visiting her Saturday and staying a few days with her."