Haiti Earthquake Survivor Recovers

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

When the massive earthquake hit Haiti in January, Alaskan Christa Brelsford and her brother Julian were there, at a friend’s house that collapsed as they were running to get downstairs.

Christa was trapped under debris and ultimately lost her right foot. She considers herself lucky, both because she says she was only trapped for an hour and because Haitians helped her brother free her. Her six-month recovery is a story of significant success. She started a foundation called Christa’s Angels that has raised enough money to rebuild the school she and her brother were working at and she is back to rock and ice climbing as she had done in the past. She says she’s been surprised at how easy it’s been to adjust to an artificial limb.

Alaskan Christa Brelsford is a survivor of the Haitian earthquake. She will be speaking about her experience and her foundation Christa’s Angels tomorrow night in Anchorage at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

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