ANCHORAGE, Alaska—One year ago, a devastating earthquake in Haiti killed more than 230,000 people. A brother and sister from Alaska survived that day and now the family is celebrating life and survival with a new family member.
During the quake, Christa Brelsford was trapped under rubble when a 19-year-old Haitian man, Wenson Georges, saved her life.
Georges was greeted by dozens of people when he arrived in Anchorage Tuesday.
Georges had mentioned to Christa Brelsford before the earthquake that he wanted a solid education to support his family. So when he saved her from the rubble back in Haiti, she and her family were determined to bring him to Alaska and give him that opportunity.
The Brelsford family says they spent months going through ups and downs to bring Georges to Alaska, but everything came together quickly when they learned about a week ago that Georges received his student visa.
"I thought we used up all our miracles when our kids were safe, but a lot of people have helped us to get the visa settled and it's kind of like a dream come true," said Christa's father, Taylor Brelsford.
"You don't choose the cards that are dealt. The only thing we have control in our lives is how to react to the situation we end up in and it's a lot more fun to look at the bright side of things than to be focused on the negative," said Christa Brelsford.