Wingwalker Undergoes Surgeries Recovering from Air Show Crash
A wingwalker who flew in the Great Minnesota Air Show in St. Cloud last summer remains critically hurt after a plane crash at an airshow in Texas two weeks ago.
Amanda Franklin was performing atop a bi-plane her husband Kyle was piloting when the engine cut out. Amanda was able to get back into the plane just as Kyle crash-landed the plane at the Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport.
The couple were taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
Kyle had cuts and burns, but expects to be released from the hospital Sunday or Monday, according his Facebook page.
Amanda's condition is much graver.
From Franklin's Flying Circus Facebook page:
"Amanda is in “stabilized” condition but please keep in mind that “stabilized” does not necessarily mean “stable”, she remains in the Burn Intensive Care Unit.
"She sustained a significant inhalation injury from inhaling smoke and fire, because of this, she has a breathing tube and a machine helping her breath.
"She is burned on almost 70% of her body. 64% of which are “Full Thickness” or “3rd Degree” burns. This includes her face.
"She sustained numerous fractures to her face and orbital bones around her eyes. As fare as they can tell she can still see fine.
"She also sustained fractures to her neck and back. In other words she has a broken neck and back but at this time she does not appear to be paralyzed."
Kyle Franklin writes Amanda had partial amputations of six fingers and a thumb Thursday and Friday successfully underwent facial surgery.
According to Kyle, his wife is doing very well after her surgery. She's resting comfortably back in the intensive care unit, and is looking much better. Even so, Franklin says his wife is still on a ventillator. And doctors guess she could be awake and talking in two months.
Franklin says no major surgeries are planned in the near future, just recovery time.
The Franklins performed at last June's Great Minnesota Air Show in St. Cloud. They were a favorite of photographers who snapped pictures as Amanda and Kyle Franklin battled each other with swords aloft in a pirate themed bi-plane.
The couple's crash landing was captured in this video.