The boy had rolled partially beneath the plane before the floorboards came to rest on his legs and waist, trapping him.Unaware at that point that Rosemarie was conscious, Donald grabbed an antenna at the rear of the plane and dragged himself to the roof.
The couple had assumed they couldn't have any more children because of an auto-immune disease that Donald suffered.His wife Rosemarie slumped in her seat beside Walker. Donald, still buckled in his seat, said he tried to get his bearings despite the familiar clanging in his head. Later, he'd find out that the impact broke his back, legs, feet and jaw. It was later determined that her arm was broken and her intestines severed, possibly by the lap-strap seat belt common in small propeller planes.The same sensation, he said, had followed mortar explosions and IED blasts during the 13 months he'd spent in Iraq. Mckenzie had been sitting in the back row before the crash. Together, father and daughter pulled themselves back to the plane where Rosemarie was regaining consciousness.Don could teach during Rosemarie's maternity leave.Maybe it had all happened for a reason, she told him.