'The world is full of remarkable people': Pregnant Brussels bomb survivor pens inspirational message to her unborn baby

There are many dark stories in Brussels these days. Of lives so changed. Of dreams destroyed.

And yet as this country seeks to understand the attacks within its borders there are also tales of hope and the endurance of the human spirit.

Today I was lucky enough to meet Sneha Mehta - 28 years old, 16 weeks pregnant and a survivor of the suicide attacks on the airport.

She and her husband had just landed back in Brussels after a trip to Dubai. They had collected their luggage when the explosions began.

Through the smoke they made their escape, initially into a car park and then out onto the road nearby where a passing taxi stopped and drove them to safety.

Pregnant Sneha Mehta was inside Brussels Airport when suicide bombers killed 14 people Credit: Reuters

Sneha could run no more but despite the terror she was utterly calm - determined that every move she made would protect the life of her unborn baby.

Now, in a book of memories for her first child, she has written about their shared experience and her hope for a kinder world.

She is a woman of strength, peace and belief and despite all that has happened here, wants her baby to one day know what kindness there is in life and understand that it is down to us all to create a safer, happier world.

Sneha Mehta's hopeful letter to her unborn child Credit: ITV News

Sneha Mehta's message of hope to her unborn child:

Hi sweetheart. I don't know if we already acknowledged this with you in person, but when you were 16 weeks old, mum and dad were at an explosion at Brussels Airport.

And no matter where humanity is today, I just want to tell you that life is a wonderful thing, and the world is really full of remarkable people.

You didn't just give mum and dad faith and reason to live, you gave us the awareness and presence of mind like never before.

I felt more alive than I ever have, and I knew I had to protect you, so I was calm, composed and fully aware that we will survive.

When we reached Sint-Augustinas [hospital] emergency, and we saw you oblivious and sucking at your thumb at the ultrasound, and doing your general acrobatics, all the mistrust, hate and angst for the terrorist attack vaporised.

I do hope with all my heart that you are born into a better world, and if not, then you do absolute best to make it that.

You are absolutely precious to us, and have already been a hero today. I guess much of the world,and has sent so much love your way.

May you always be brave and healthy. We love you beyond words. Mum and Dad

– Sneha Mehta

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