Plane crash survivor shares art with Liberty Hospital - KCTV5

Plane crash survivor shares art with Liberty Hospital

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A plane crash at Kansas City International Airport made headlines 20 years ago.

The pilot died, but his son-in-law made a miraculous recovery, and he is celebrating what he calls the "extra" time he has received.

Wil Lala barely survived the plane crash.  He lost half his vision and function in one hand.

"I have zero memory of the accident.  I guess it is a self preservation thing starting from the day before to two weeks afterwards," Lala said.

His father-in-law was flying the plane when it crashed, killing his wife's father and nearly taking his life too.

"Twenty years ago, it was just, 'Am I going to live?' That was really it," Lala said.

To Lala, time has healed almost everything, and with the time he has been given, he spends in Belize making art out of recycled aluminum cans.

"Our island doesn't have any recycling," Lala said.  "Being able to do things with my hands has always been part of my life."

And to mark what he calls a bonus 20 years, Lala has brought a piece of his work back to Liberty Hospital where doctors and nurses cared for him in those crucial first few weeks after the accident.

"They actually stretched the rules because my wife stayed here in the hospital with me in intensive care for several weeks.  And whenever she let go of my hand, my vitals would start to deteriorate," Lala said.

It was an expression from his heart about a time he will never forget.

Click here for more information on Wil Lala's art.

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