Cheney teenager "miracles" for a speedy plane crash recovery



Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:23 PM

CHENEY, Wash.--It has not even been one year since a Cheney teenager plunged from the sky in a devastating plane crash. The young man said miracles are the only reason he is alive today.

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Aiden Hubbard and his uncle crashed into a house in Western Washington in March of 2013. His uncle did not survive. Aiden told KREM 2 News that his uncle sacrificed himself so that Aiden could live.

Hubbard attends Cheney High School and carries a kind of awareness most 15-year-olds can not imagine. His uncle was in the cockpit piloting in their small plane when the engine died. His uncle threw himself over Hubbard to absorb the deadly impact.

"To know that somebody willingly took their own life to save mine, it's a hard thing to understand sometimes. But it's also what gets me through sometimes,” said Hubbard.

Aiden has made up all the school credits he lost during his recovery from a compound back fracture and a traumatic brain injury. He is slowly getting back to the physical activities he missed for months.

"I've been biking, It's how I get around town, to my studies, and other things,” said Hubbard.

Hubbard’s recovery has been inspiring to everyone around him.

“The fact that he even walks is such a miracle. Even through the pain I know he goes through. It makes me want to be a stronger person,” said his friend Kelsey Schwendiman.

Hubbard was even nominated to the Cheney High School homecoming court.    

“We as a family have had tremendous support, but it's so nice to know that he comes into this school and this environment, with the students, and the teachers are ready to lift and support,” said his mother Heather Hubbard.

Aiden admits he is still processing the crash on the inside.

“My uncle's loss, what he's done for me, like you said. And also my own loss, in that I'm not the same as I was before,” said Hubbard.

“We move forward, knowing that we have that legacy of love that my brother was selfless in. And it makes you live your life differently. It does,” said Heather Hubbard.

Hubbard and everyone around him agree that it has never been more obvious that there is a higher power at work.
“He has a purpose for me. We don't know what it is. I don't know what it is yet. But I'm here for a reason,” said Hubbard.

Hubbard said he is not sure what he wants to do with his life but he is thinking of doing something in the medical field. He said part of the reason for that is because of all the doctors and paramedics who helped him after the crash. He said the other part of the reason is because he wants to help others.