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Brussels terror strike: The Mumbai woman in the photograph which became a face of the attacks, now off crutches

Nidhi Chaphekar, a Jet Airways crew member who was injured in the Brussels airport bombings, is now finally off crutches. A picture had surfaced which went on to define the horrors of terror attacks in Brussels airport in Belgium.

By: | Published: September 16, 2016 6:37 PM
Nidhi Chaphekar, brussels attack, brussels terror attack, terror attacks, terrorism, terror pictures, war images, nidhi chaphekar photograph, brussels, belgium attacks, isis, al qaeda, jet airways, air hostess terror attack Nidhi Chapekar in the photograph seemed to look around in fear, sometimes after a bomb tore apart the Zaventem airport in Brussels. (Source: Reuters)

Nidhi Chaphekar, a Jet Airways crew member who was injured in the Brussels airport bombings, is now finally off crutches. A picture had surfaced which went on to define the horrors of terror attacks in Brussels airport in Belgium. Chapekar in the photograph seemed to look around in fear, sometimes after a bomb tore apart the Zaventem airport in Brussels. One could see blood trickling down her face full of dust. Her yellow coat and her trousers were torn from the blast, and as she somehow managed to sit on the chair her shoeless foot hung injured.

42-year-old, Nidhi had arrived in Mumbai later from Paris on May 6. After which she was admitted to city Breach Candy hospital and was undergoing a treatment there. She was later discharged and put on a crutch. Three bombs went off on March 22, at the Brussels airport killing 35 people dead, out of which there were three suicide bombers. When the explosions took place, Nidhi was about to board a Jet flight heading towards Newark. Later it was found that she had suffered 15 per cent burns and her ankle was fractured. The Air Passengers’ Association of India had presented Nidhi with a bravery award. After almost five months, she is now able to walk without the crutches.

Nidhi told TOI, “It is slightly difficult to walk without support, but I have been managing for the last few days. I have been using the walker for the last five months. Without the walker, it is sometimes painful as the ankle surgery is still pending. But I am trying to do things independently with support from my family members.” On the picture which became famous, she had said that the photograph had given relief to her family members just after the attack as she wasn’t able to be contacted.

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