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Injured LDS missionary released from hospital

By KSL.com | Posted - Apr. 6, 2016 at 10:09 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — An LDS missionary injured in the Belgium terrorist attacks last month was reunited with friends and loved ones in southern Utah Wednesday.

Family members say Joseph Dresden "Dres" Empey, 20, was released from the Burn Unit at the University of Utah Hospital earlier in the day. Photos shared with KSL News show the emotional welcome-home event.

Dres Empey's father, Court, said his son will now receive physical therapy and other treatment at Dixie Regional Medical Center. While the younger Empey is getting better every day, his father said he is still in pain and feels tired a lot.

"We have been overwhelmed with the love, kindness and prayers for our family," Court Empy said in a social media post. "We feel so lucky and blessed."

Dres Empey was one of four LDS missionaries injured in the March 22 bombings at the Brussels airport. Mason Wells, Joseph Empey's 19-year-old companion, is still recovering at University Hospital. Both have been released from their mission calls.

As of last week, Elder Richard Norby, 66, of Lehi, and Sister Fanny Clain, 20, of Montélimar, France, were recovering in hospitals in Belgium. Officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Norby will be released from his mission call, but Clain plans to continue with her mission in Ohio once she recovers.

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