Am I Alive?: A Surviving Flight Attendant's Struggle and Inspiring Triumph over Tragedy

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9780062506917: Am I Alive?: A Surviving Flight Attendant's Struggle and Inspiring Triumph over Tragedy
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Sandy Purl is a fighter. She fought for her life when, twenty years ago, Southern Flight 242 went down in a violent April hailstorm in New Hope, Georgia. She fought for the lives of her passengers. And after the crash, after her heroic efforts to aid the few survivors, she fought for her sanity. This story tells of one flight attendant's struggle with posttraumatic stress syndrome before resources were available in the airline industry to help survivors cope. At the time of Sandy's crash, the concept of critical incident stress management was only partially developed. Sandy tells the story of the crash and the history of critical incident stress management's entry into the aviation industry. Both her story and efforts have been paramount in helping the industry develop official programs of support and rehabilitation for airline personnel and their families who are involved in airline disasters.

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YA Sandy Purl, a flight attendant, survived the Southern Airways crash in New Hope, Georgia, that killed 72 others. Purl refused to leave the crash sceneshe kept looking for survivors and pulling bodies out of the wreckage. Her courage and heroic actions during the tragedy impressed the nation. Afterwards, however, she was not able to shake the guilt that she felt for having survived while most of the plane's passengers did not, and she had not yet come to terms with her father's recent death. She couldn't fly, divorced her husband, lived with another man for several months, started drinking, and had terrible nightmares and bouts of uncontrollable crying, finally ending up in a psychiatric ward. What pulled her out of her despair was a renewed faith in God and prayer. Now, she spends much of her time speaking and lobbying for the needed after-care of plane crash survivors. Purl's story is intense, immediate, and inspiring. The strength of the human spirit to heal itself is evidenced in her story. Diana Hirsch, PGCMLS, Md.
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