An Indian flight attendant who has become an iconic survivor of the Brussels attacks on Zaventem airport is renewing a call to find a mystery man who she says saved her life on that day.
“I want to thank all my rescuers because without them I would not have survived,” Nidhi Chaphekar, 44, said, according to HLN.
Chaphekar was working at the airport on 22 March 2016, when Brussels became a target for a coordinated onslaught by radicalised suicide bombers, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State in which 32 civilians died.
She gained notoriety after a picture, in which she can be seen with a bloodied face in her dust-covered yellow uniform after the deadly blasts, made the headlines the world over, with Belgium’s royal couple meeting Chaphekar in the royal palace a year after the attacks in March 2016.
Chaphekar, who fell into a coma at the time and had to undergo several surgeries on her way to recovery, has said she owes her life to the people who helped her and others after the attacks, and that she wants to thank them all.