Sebastien Bellin, a Brazilian-Belgian basketball player, was one of the injured during the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday. The pro is expected to undergo multiple surgeries this week for his injuries suffered from the blast.
According to reports, Bellin was thrown 65 feet into the air due to the explosion at the Brussels airport. Brussels is the capital city of Belgium.
BC Telenet Oostende, a basketball club based in the Belgium league and a former team of the Bellin, reported that their former player underwent surgery to remove shrapnel in his leg and hip and that he’s also due for second surger for related injuries from the terrorist attack in Brussels.
— BC Oostende (@BCOOSTENDE) March 22, 2016
Death toll has risen to more than 30 victims already in the pair of attacks on an airport and a metro station. Manhunt for Brussels bombing suspects for both attacks is on-going.
Bellin was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil but has represented the Belgian national basketball team owing to him being a Brazilian-Belgian.
Bellin, who is currently a member of the Gent Hawks, another team in the Belgian basketball league, played college basketball in the United States for Marist (1996 to 1998) and Oakland (1998 to 200).
As a pro, Bellin played for various European teams since 2000 including stints for Antwerp Giants Sanex (2003 to 2006), Telindus Oostende (2006 to 2009) and Belfius Mons-Hainaut (2011 to 2012), among others.
With his rich experience in both amateur and professional basketball leagues, Bellin found support on social media as fans and well-wishers hoped for his fast recovery after the Brussels terrorists attack.
Former #Oakland basketball player Sebastian Bellin was injured in Brussels terrorist attack. Undergone "multiple surgeries." Sending prayers
— Catherine Slonksnis (@CSlonksnis) March 22, 2016
— American Sports Net (@LiveOnASN) March 22, 2016
We wish a prompt recovery to former @Eurocup player S. Bellin injured during Brussels terrorist attacks,our support to you and your family
— EuroCup (@EuroCup) March 22, 2016
My ex player Seb Bellin was injured in the Brussels bombing. Going for second surgery. Please pray for Seb.
— Greg Kampe (@KampeOU) March 22, 2016
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