Couple reunited with Halo flight crew who saved them

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
What do you say to someone who saved your life? Those words are hard to find, but Friday a couple who nearly died in a tragic car crash six years ago visited some Halo flight crew members for the chance to thank them.

Denise and Chris.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS (KRIS) - What do you say to someone who saved your life? Those words are hard to find, but Friday a couple who nearly died in a tragic car crash six years ago visited some Halo flight crew members for the chance to thank them.

A drunk driver hit Chris and Denise's motorcycle head-on in May 2008.

"We both lost the left legs and we both had broken left arms and hands and my ribs and lung on that side and spleen, so all the injuries were down the left hand side," said Chris Arthey.

After years of recovery and rehab, those injuries have healed. Both are adjusting to life without their legs, but one thing has been missing; the chance to thank those who helped save them.

"When my boss came to me and said do you remember the call on (Highway) 35, and I said with the couple that lost their legs on the motorcycle," one Halo flight worker recalled in conversation.

They got that opportunity today and toured the facility where that lifesaving fight was dispatched.

The words are simply hard to find. "Its wonderful to actually be able to say thank you to those people who saved our lives... Amazing," Denise Arthey said.

Since 'thank you' is just not enough, the Arthey's say they're writing a book to elaborate. "You can be sure that our thankfulness will come across clearly in the book," said Chris.

The couple credits the crew for not only saving their life, but also for providing treatment that has helped them recover from the tragedy.

Chris is back to competing in marathons and triathalons, and Denise is back in the gym.

Their lives have forever changed, but they're thankful they survived and for that, Halo is to thank.

The Artheys are originally from England. They had just moved to Houston when the accident happened.

They're now living in Qatar in the Middle East, but since they had travel plans in the area, they reached out and asked to visit with Halo Flight.


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