By Dave Andrusko
Each day the death toll from last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels grows. As of this morning, the number killed in the attacks at the airport and the metro station had risen to 35. At least another 270 people were injured.
Amidst this tragedy there was a life-affirming ray of hope. On Friday CNN reported about Sneha Mehta and her husband, Samsee, who , according to Don Melvin, “had just flown in from Abu Dhabi to Brussels on Tuesday when bombs went off in the airport and the ceiling started falling on their heads.”
Thanks to their knowledge of the airport’s layout and the kindness of strangers–a terrifically helpful cab driver who not only drove them to the hospital but calmly talked to them the whole way– the 16-week pregnant Sneha made it to Sint Augustinus hospital, where “there was a beautiful moment”:
The ultrasound exam showed that the baby — the Mehtas don’t know yet whether it is a boy or a girl — appeared to be healthy and content, safe in the womb, sucking its thumb.
When they got back home to Antwerp, “Sneha felt she had to write a letter to her baby,” Melvin wrote.
Maybe it will be unsealed when the child is 16. Maybe later. She hasn’t decided yet.
But she needed an outlet. And she needed, she said, to write the letter while the feelings were fresh and raw — to capture them before they faded.
CNN reproduced the beautiful letter, which we are posting below. It is must reading. The letter begins, “Hi, Sweetheart”:
“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”