She knocked on Larry Wilkins’ door.
“She said, ‘My mom and dad are dead. We had a plane crash. The plane was upside down.'”
They are doing everything they can to make the 7-year-old feel safe and loved — a simple but critical act that mental health experts say can help the child begin grappling with being the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents, sister and cousin.
Family members will raise Sailor, and money from a family-sanctioned online fund will help, said Gutzler family spokesman Kent Plotner, an attorney who personally knows the family. But out of concern for the girl’s healing, Plotner said there will be no more details released about her. “Our total focus is protecting her,” he said.
7-year-old crash survivor ‘amazingly composed’
Larry Wilkins describes what happened when 7-year-old Sailor Gutzler appeared at his door, shivering and bleeding, and told him she’d been in a plane crash