Marcus Ericsson/TT
Credit: Marcus Ericsson/TT

Injured Swede improves, 2 still missing

On day three after the deadly attacks in Brussels, two Swedes were still unaccounted for. The pregnant Swedish woman who was injured in the subway blast had woken from a medically induced coma.

Daily tabloid Expressen reported that the woman was being treated for severe burns on her face, hands, and legs. The woman was in her seventh month of pregnancy, and the baby was OK at the moment, the woman's partner told Expressen.

The 44-year-old Swedish woman had just arrived at the Maalbeek subway station on her way to work for the European Commission. Even with severe burns, the woman was able to escape from the smoke-filled station. She called her partner to tell her she had been injured in the blast.

The woman's colleagues found her on the street, and she was taken by ambulance to the hospital, reports the newspaper. Doctors placed her in a medically induced coma because of her burns.

Two Swedes were still missing, Sweden's foreign office confirmed to various media Friday. Expressen reported that one, a 30-year-old woman, may have been near the Maalbeek subway station at the time of the blast there. The other, a 63-year-old woman, had arrived at the airport at the time of the attacks there.

There are 31 confirmed deaths and more than 300 people injured. Swedish Television News and TT reported that Belgian hospitals are working intensively to save the lives of many who were hit with metal, screws and nails from the bombs.

It may take weeks to identify the bodies of the dead and for waiting families to receive confirmation, newswire AFP reported Thursday, as forensic experts work with teeth, fingerprints, DNA, and body parts from the blasts. Ine Van Wymersch, who runs a forensic center in Brussels told AFP that none of the bodies from either the airport or subway had yet been identified.

SVT reported that DNA experts from Sweden were being sent to Belgium to help identify victims.

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