‘I knew I had to protect you’: Survivor of Brussels bombing writes letter to her unborn baby
BRUSSELS, March 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – If there is one thing a survivor of last week's Brussel's bombing wanted her unborn child to know, it is that “life is a wonderful thing.”
The woman, 28-year-old Sneha Mehta, had just flown into Brussels from Abu Dhabi with her husband, Sameep, when bombs tore through the facility.
As of Sunday, the Islamic terrorist attack had claimed the lives of 35 people, including four Americans. But Sneha and her family were not among them.
The mother commemorated her survival – and the way her unborn baby gave her a sense of peace and assurance – in a letter to her baby.
Sneha does not know the sex of her 16-week-old child, but she said she knew the moment that the bombs went off that her paramount concern was the baby's survival.
Having the child gave both parents “faith and reason to live,” she wrote, according to CNN.
“I felt more alive than I ever have, and I knew I had to protect you,” she wrote, “so I was calm, composed and fully aware that we will survive.”
She and her husband were able to flee the scene. They arrived at Sint Augustinus hospital, where an ultrasound showed their baby unaffected, sucking its thumb.
“You are absolutely precious to us, and have already been a hero today,” Sneha wrote her child.
She charged the child that, since she had seen so much kindness that day, “you owe your life to reciprocating that goodness.”
The letter read in full:
I don't know if we already acknowledged this with you in person, but when you were 16 weeks old, mum and dad were in an explosion at Brussels Airport.
And no matter where humanity is today, I just want to tell you that life is a wonderful thing, and the world is really full of remarkable people.
You didn't just give mum and dad faith and reason to live, you gave the awareness and presence of mind like never before.
I felt more alive than I ever have, and I knew I had to protect you, so I was calm, composed and fully aware that we will survive.
When we reached Sint-Augustinus emergency, and we saw you oblivious and sucking at your thumb at the ultrasound, and doing your general acrobatics, all the mistrust, hate and angst for the terrorist attack vaporized.
I do hope with all my heart that you are born into a better world, and if not, then you do absolute best to make it that.
You are absolutely precious to us, and have already been a hero today. I guess the world has sent so much love and hope your way, you owe your life to reciprocating that goodness.
May you always be brave and healthy. We love you beyond words.
Mum and Dad