Brussels, Belgium (CNN)Sebastien Bellin isn’t sure how he survived.
“Everything points to where I shouldn’t have made it. Everything, from the amount of blood I lost to the legs,” he said.
Speaking to CNN from the Brussels hospital where he’s recovering, Bellin recounted the harrowing moments after explosions shook the airport in the Belgian capital last week.
Just after hearing the upbeat words of an airline agent telling him to have a nice flight, Bellin says he heard a far more harrowing sound: a bomb exploding nearby.
Bellin is a former U.S. college and Belgian national basketball player. And a photo showing him lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the airport circulated widely online after the attack.
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When the explosion went off, he started to run but found his legs quickly gave way.
“The first thing I remember seeing — a part of my hip was missing,” Bellin said. “It looks like, you know, you punched through something.”
A stranger helped save him, propping his legs up on a suitcase to slow his blood loss before paramedics arrived.
He screamed in pain as a man pulled him to safety.
“My leg wasn’t following,” Bellin said. “I had to reach down. As he’s pulling my hand, I was holding my leg.”