Wells' final stroke of bad luck came when he was flying out of Brussels, Belgium last year.
Wells was leaving another missionary trip, and had been in the airport checkout line for just 30 seconds when a bomb went off. The 20-year-old says his world "completely exploded," and he briefly lost consciousness.
But Wells' ordeal wasn't finished. It took three hours for him to be moved from the airport to a nearby hospital, and he spent at least 45 minutes of that time lying alone on the concrete outside the terminal. Doctors still can't explain how he ran out of the building with a severed Achilles tendon.
After more than a year, dozens of surgeries, and lots of time to reflect on his good and bad luck, Wells says he doesn't ask why God put him in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I was kind of faced with two paths in front of me," he told Megyn Kelly on Today, "there was this path of bitterness I felt like I could embrace, this path of anger, or frustration. And I also saw another option." Wells calls the path he chose “the option of hope.”
And something else kept Wells optimistic while he recovered from burns and injuries: his childhood dream. Being rejected from the Naval Academy was what pushed Wells to become a Missionary, but now he's been accepted to the school and is following his lifelong dream.
“I made the decision to be a survivor," he says, "not a victim.”
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