Flight attendant Nidhi Chaphekar became a symbol of the Brussels Airport attack when a photograph of her looking stunned and bloodied, her yellow blazer in tatters, circulated worldwide.
Now her family in India says she is “out of danger” and recovering from her injuries, including burns and a broken foot.
Her husband traveled from their home in Mumbai on Thursday to be with Chaphekar at a Brussels-area hospital, her sister-in-law, Madhuri Chaphekar, said in a phone interview.
Chaphekar was in stable condition and resting under sedation, her employer, Jet Airways, said in a statement Friday. The airline said Chaphekar was not in a coma, as some media reported a day earlier.
A second Jet Airways crew member who was injured in the airport attack was also recovering in a hospital, said Manish Kalghatgi, the airline’s vice president for corporate communications.
Indians voiced their concern on Twitter with the hashtag #PrayforNidhi. Some criticized international media for broadcasting the photo, in part because Chaphekar’s uniform jacket had been ripped apart, although family members said it was the photo that first alerted them that she had been hurt in the blasts.
“Everyone from the airline to the Indian Embassy, their support has helped us,” Madhuri Chaphekar said.
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