Beck: Turning Tragedy to Triumph
Plane crash survivor regains hope
- Duration 13:27
- Date May 31, 2011
Plane crash survivor regains hope
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From New York tonight I want to bring you a story on this Memorial Day.
First ball thank you.
To anybody who has fought for our country.
Americans I hope -- this weekend deciding who they are and what is important and realizing that it is.
In their future to not necessarily pick up a gun and fight for their nation.
But -- fight with everything in them.
For what they believe and what is important.
In our way of life.
Every night I I come to you and I tell you.
I'm angry with me how many in the audience -- spooked by half the crap but I fail on the -- I mean -- they could have been okay.
-- -- -- -- I I talk about some pretty spooky things on the air and one of the things that I hear all the time from.
You at least -- feel all the time and I hear.
When I go out.
Is OK -- we get it now what.
Now what comes when you -- life is.
In order enough.
To be able to withstand.
What's coming when I tried to do on this program is not only inform you what's coming but also.
Try to do something that I don't think it's ever been done on commercial television before at least unsuccessfully and that is.
Talked to about ways to find hope.
Your life like it or not my life all of our lives.
They're about to -- Dramatically change.
But that doesn't mean that it is a bad thing.
Life is what we make of it.
My father he's the same I think everybody's -- used to say this it's not whether you win or lose it's how you play the game.
So how is it that you play the game.
How is -- you get through a game inning after inning where it feels like you're getting hit in the face.
I think it boils down to.
Who you are.
Before the event happens.
Seeds do you have in side.
When I first.
Told you the story on this program.
Couple but I'm gonna introduce you to it was -- it was last week.
And I told you this story and it was on a day that.
They were two stories in the news London.
A friend of mine -- seen on ABC's 20/20.
A family who had come through it real tragedy.
And the woman.
To the point where children and recognize.
And the other story it was about a woman in -- That had acid thrown on her.
And she was horribly disfigured and she was in the news because she was angry that the government wouldn't let her as she felt was -- Burn him back.
One was filled with anger and darkness and rage.
And the other had found hope.
And faith and god and beauty and love.
Stephanie and Christian Nielsen.
Stephanie is 29 years old.
This is somebody who has gone through.
The worst fire of life and survived.
Literally we all have fires in our life this one was literal.
This couple and this family.
Is not just surviving but they are thriving.
They will tell you the story but I want you know it's not.
It's not the crash or the burns.
That this program wants to concentrate on.
It is my sincere hope.
That you get out of this program.
He answers to this question.
How are they doing it how did they survive.
Who were they before.
Who are they today.
How can I do it.
Plane crash survivor and the author of the blog the meaning dialogues which is read by millions of people like cannot tell you.
How many friends of mine have said oh my gosh who acts as a mile and it's a big deal join -- has been.
Christian Nielsen who also survived the plane crash.
And their four children players here she is nine James eight -- is six and Nicklaus.
How -- you can't thank you -- for somebody who doesn't know the story and who wants to tell.
Which part of the story -- how it.
Happening -- what happened well we.
Stephanie and I.
And we were the day -- -- -- and we were going to we have family ranch in New Mexico we lived in Arizona at the time.
And we were.
Recently become a pilot.
And stepping in and I and a friend of mine who was my flight instructor.
The four of us.
Had planned long planned this trip to -- ranch and then back home.
And we had experienced a beautiful day together and beautiful flying conditions and on the way home we made scheduled stop in in -- town that was our last stop of the day before we arrived home back to our children.
And that's when we that's when -- accident occurred is after taking off from that stopped.
Pilot error mechanical -- you know.
As -- matter there's a there's a pending lawsuits in -- investigation.
Okay so another plane is down on the ground.
We had few onboard and meant time of the crash there was a lot of -- not sure exactly how the fire started that.
That in the three of us when we.
Each of us woke up -- -- came to at different times I think I was the first two.
Regained consciousness after impact.
When I help minimize errors just fire everywhere that the flames in the fire had matured.
Past I don't know how long.
-- had been since we.
Impacted the ground but if the flames were quite picture.
And at that at that point it was just.
Get out we need to get out.
The pilot didn't get out.
When we all got out on our own strength that in different phases I got out first out my door and -- -- follow me.
She -- -- Behind me.
And then them.
My friend he was in the pilot's seat.
He got out last.
Stephanie you don't remember him saying get out.
-- No I don't and I remember him telling me ten.
To follow him and get out and it and it felt like really it was surrounding them with fire but to.
-- but I just I didn't.
I I wasn't I didn't like seeing cool cool where is he ready go you I didn't he.
Help me out or anything I was just I just remember -- that people are there.
You know what that we're helping me that that helped me out of -- clean and and I felt.
And it was a miracle how how it happened and I don't think it -- -- explain it in a way without people thinking that I was kind of crazies but I know what happened and I days.
You believe you believe you're helped.
Was -- I people and friends and loved ones.
Who told me can you go into that a little bit do you mind going out Larry I I.
Feeling like okay at this this is the end this this how this is what it feels like today -- so I thought.
Okay I'll just I'll just it's gonna hurt me get hurt really bad for May -- five more minutes and then I'll wake up and I'll be.
With my grandma or something you know -- -- that's what I was thinking because they couldn't get seat -- off.
I was really confused -- probably had a concussion I was you know just very.
Hanoi deal that was what was really going on.
But that I felt like.
It people that love me -- said to me that.
That this isn't this in the end it's not over and I still have a lot to do and so.
They told me what to do it -- makes people -- -- -- to reach my hand opened the door and get out and and that's what I did and I remembered my.
My name taking great teacher telling me to stop -- general in my head snapped.
-- okay so.
You get out of the plane now you are in a and you're in a coma for how long medical induced coma he had.
I had my first recollection after being woken up was about.
Five or six weeks until madness asleep.
You were in the medical and his call for how long three -- You wake up and Barack Obama is president.
-- -- That isn't really that is honestly the first thought I thought I will happen there was a white board and they had written a date on the board it was like November 6.
-- I don't know who is who -- But have got to make the joke so did you think your NL.
Let's start -- -- joke and I thought somebody had to make it come on you -- thinking.
All right so.
-- become so.
All this time passes.
And now your children.
Haven't seen you.
And they've heard to -- two and a half years younger than Aaron -- of Nicholas the little one was was just about eighteen months.
And so they -- they haven't seen me in my family just both of our families is sort of Cayman.
He's picked him up and took over my sisters take care of the three oldest and my other sister who hadn't had didn't -- children took the baby.
They lived -- look as if there are parents night.
Not -- they lived for three months thinking maybe their mommy would never.
Never come back and so.
That that this that there miraculously there -- -- in a way that they just you know they just arrived they just.
They're -- there -- good kids that that Sony had I had you know I didn't I knew something was wrong and I didn't and he certainly is wrong with me.
And I didn't want them -- now they want to see so they actually look -- -- for awhile so yeah.
For a -- my room how to like add a sheet.
That kind of went.
As -- -- -- credit him in and we topped that.
Was your thought when you first saw earlier one.
You know I was in -- real low spot emotionally and physically when I woke up and the first time I -- -- she was.
Far worse -- I even imagine issues.
Comatose bandage from head to toe.
In -- in just in a pile of -- medical equipment and bandages and it could've been anyone under all of that stuff.
My first thought was that.
When I I could feel.
I could feel her in that room analysts here.
And we made.
Spiritual connection and I I felt like.
I was just relieved that she was alive and that I had seen -- with my own eyes.
And that she.
And I had every faith she was going to.
Someone tell you just been through Q -- Panthers are you should be I knew your thinking that but I have.
-- I don't know I have children until particular airline of their big yeah.
Go out category that's.
And I figured out what does that offend I know I Cecile look at -- -- I think he has a -- now -- I've Ziggy I'm gonna kill you and I don't know I know I I.
I don't know any I don't don't be don't be.