Jet crew member, who became face of Brussels attack, back in Mumbai

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 06, 2016 22:26 IST
Nidhi Chaphekar after the Brussels attack (AP)

The two children of Jet Airways senior cabin crew Nidhi Chapekar, who became the global face of the terror attacks at Brussels, are on cloud nine. Their mom’s back.

After spending more than 40 days at a Belgium hospital, Chapekar returned to Mumbai on Friday.

“We are extremely happy and relieved to have Nidhi back home with us in Mumbai after the horrific events in Brussels. The days following the attacks were harrowing for our family. Nidhi has received the best medical care and attention and has now recovered significantly from her injuries,” said Paresh Chaphekar, her husband.

He added that her homecoming was an extremely emotional moment for the family, especially her two children, who met her for the first time after the terror strikes. “They could not travel to meet her owing to their studies. Nidhi will now continue her recovery at a hospital in Mumbai. The most important thing for us now is that Nidhi makes a full recovery,” he added, pleading the media to respect their privacy.

According to airport sources, Chapekar arrived in a Jet Airways flight at 7am and was taken to the Breach Candy hospital from the airport. Jet Airways spokesperson confirmed Chapekar’s arrival.

Chapekar had become the face of the attacks at the Zaventem airport on March 22, after a local photojournalist Ketevan Kardava captured her image a few moments after the explosion.

Her bright yellow uniform ripped apart, her hair caked with soot and blood stains across her face, Chapekar’s image was in newspapers and websites across the world. The mother of two was being treated at Grande Hospital de Chaleroi for 15% burns and a broken foot with medically approved ”sedation” for painless recovery.

The airline spokesperson said Nidhi had made significant recovery.

“She is in good spirits and is very happy to be back with her family. Nidhi will now undergo treatment in Mumbai as part of the next phase of her recovery programme outlined by doctors. Jet Airways continues to provide all the necessary support to Nidhi and her family during this time,” said the spokesperson.

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