ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A McGrath plane crash's survivors shared an amazing family story of survival and recovery Saturday at St. Elias Specialty Hospital's third annual patient reunion.
Don and Rosemarie Evans, and their two children, were injured in the Aug. 13 plane crash near McGrath that killed Anvik educator Julie Walker and pilot Ernie Chase. The couple spent more than two months at St. Elias, undergoing treatment for severe injuries, including broken backs and limbs. They were released a few weeks ago.
At the patient reunion, the Evans shared their story of recovery and reunited with those at St. Elias who helped them along the way.
"They would do anything they could for us to see each other and the fact that we were able to be here together and heal together made that process even that much better for us," said Rosemarie Evans.
The couple says they are still recovering and are working with physical and occupational therapists, but have so much to be grateful for.
"It's a challenge but I know that we're blessed and we're happy to be here," said Don Evans. "You don't get a second chance and not make good use out of it."
Rosemarie says in March, the family will welcome a new baby girl.