I mentioned in a previous blog that if some of the stories shared in the Good Morning America, People Magazine or Larry King Live interviews... as inevitably they could not due to the length limitations, that I would do my best to share some of them here. Thanks to ABC Producer Janice, here's a portion of what Will shared that did not make the final piece on GMA. (edited by Jim Houser for flow only)
Here's Will Franklin Chapman, in his own words.
After the accident when I picked Maria up for the first time, her eyes were all the way shut. And it looked like she was just asleep. But, by the time I made it to the hospital where she was taken, they told me that she had passed away. And I didn't know if I really wanted to see her, I was really nervous and scared and mad.
And we ended up walking back in, where she was laying in the hospital bed and I noticed her eye was just barely, barely cracked open. It was just a reminder to me of the strength she had. I think she fought to the very end. Just seeing her little eye just cracked open... Seeing that... I knew I need to fight on too, like she did.
Through faith in Christ, it’s the only way I can really tell myself that she’s okay. That she's okay, and she's fine. She's safe in the arms of Jesus, and she's flyin' around. I can not wait to see her again.
Pray on for this remarkable young man.