Paris. Brussels. Orlando. The locations change but the tragedy and soul-searching in the aftermath are all too familiar. Now, two weeks after the Pulse nightclub shootings, Outside the Lines will share the story of one of the survivors of the March Brussels attacks, former U.S. college basketball player, Sebastien “Seb” Bellin.
– Producer David Lubbers
In an emotional feature from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and producer David Lubbers, Bellin and his wife, Sara, provide full access to a day in Seb’s recovery process. Bellin has been previously interviewed on OTL.
On June 15, Katz, Lubbers and an OTL crew spent a day with the Bellins – who have two young daughters – in Ann Arbor, Mich., where his rehab is continuing.
“I hosted the first show we did on [the Brussels bombings] and we had the video of [ABC News’] David Muir’s interview with him at his Belgian hospital bedside,” said Katz, who in addition to reporting for OTL, regularly fills in for host Bob Ley. “But I couldn’t leave it there. I wanted to see how he was doing and stay in contact and we did.
“He arrived back in the States on June 9 for the next phase of his rehab. He spent three months in a Belgian hospital after enduring six surgeries,” he said. “As you will see in the piece, he has to get stronger to walk again. He has an incredible work ethic. His determination is contagious. . . How mobile he will become is still unknown. He’s convinced he can live a normal life again.”
Bellin, who was among the group injured at the airport, held nothing back in his sit-down with Katz.
“His intense and clear recollection of what he saw, heard and even smelled as he fought for his life that day is unforgettable, uncomfortable and ultimately inspiring,” Lubbers said.
“Seb’s ability to crystallize what he had to do in the seconds after the blast were critical to his survival,” Katz said. “He knew he had to be mobile to get out, even though he couldn’t walk. You’ll see what he did to get himself in a position to be one of the first to be rescued.”
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