A change of seats…A change of fate
In the horror of the Champecoense plane crash that killed most of the futbol team and 71 people in all on a mountainside near Medellin, Colombia, Alan Rushel, one of the six survivors, revealed that he changed seats at the last minute.
Rushel was sitting close to the back of the plane when club director Cadu Gaucho told him to switch seats and let a group of journalists sit together. “I didn’t want to move seats but when I saw Follman and he insisted that I sit beside him”, said Rushel, “Only God can explain why I survived the accident. He grabbed me and gave me a second chance.”
The fullback suffered a back injury in the crash but still hopes to play futbol again. Follman, who also survived the crash, had part of his leg amputated. Rushel still does not remember anything about the accident. He has been getting bits and pieces of what occurred and is starting to understand.
Although he really does not want to talk about the incident or watch the news, he wants to visit the families of the other players who died in the crash as well as treating his Colombian doctors to a barbeque in appreciation of saving his life.
“As a lesson, this tragedy teaches that you have to keep living,” he continued, “Take advantage of some things and do good for others.”