Teen back home after surviving plane crash

Rachel Zientek is getting treatment for severe burns suffered in the crash back on June 1

July 22, 2010 9:36:43 PM PDT
A Kingwood teen is in her own home again and while it may not sound like it, it is a big deal. Last month, Rachael Zientek was in a plane that crashed in Anchorage, Alaska. The crash killed one person and left Rachael with severe burns on her body. After spending weeks in Alaska and Seattle, she finally came home Thursday night.

Still wheelchair bound from the crash, Rachel was met by more than two dozen screaming friends and family.

"It was like rolling down a rolling coaster," she said of the reception.

Rachel has been in a Seattle Hospital after surviving the plane crash on June 1 in Anchorage. She was with family friends when the Cessna went down.

She suffered third degree burns to twenty percent of her body and the tips of her toes were amputated. A four-year-old boy was killed in the crash.

After seven weeks of hospitalization thousands of miles from home, she returned home Thursday. And now the star basketball player is anxious to get back on her feet.

"She's able to walk. She's going to have a long journey," said Tammy Zientek, Rachel's mother. "It's going to be hard, but she'll get there."

Rachel plays for the Lake Houston Conquerors, a home-school basketball league. And this year at nationals, she took MVP. Her mother and father tell us tonight that with a few more surgeries and physical therapy, she should be able to rejoin her team.


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