Talk of real-life miracles, Ximena Suarez knows it better. Matter of fact she experienced it better than most who claim to have had an encounter with God.
Suarez will live to testify of the profound miracle that took place in her life. The 28-year-old stewardess was one of only six survivors who survived Chapecoense air crash. The La Mia flight crash wiped out the whole Brazilian football team, a total of 71 people died in the accident.
The doomed flight LMI-2933 crashed in the Colombian jungle killing 71 people exactly one year ago. Majority of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense were killed in the accident which made headlines around the world.
The tragedy only left three players alive, Jakson Follmann, Helio Neto and Alan Ruschel, survived the tragedy. Although, only Ruschel has been able to play again.
After a closer look at what happened, Ximena said she remembers it as a "normal flight, all quiet" and had no idea "something bad was going to happen".
"Some people tell me ''luckily you saved yourself' for me it is not luck is the will of God," she said.
The mum-of-two told Spanish newspaper El Pais: "We didn't any idea, if I’d known, I would have acted differently.
"No one knows how they’re going to act in an emergency, no one is prepared, as cabin crew we trained, we did a simulation, but when it arrives it's difficult."
Sometime in January, Ximena had to launch a GoFundMe page for help as she recovered from her injuries including a broken hand and ankle. Since then, she has also had psychological treatment, but she also revealed that she still struggles to sleep at night and sometimes takes pills.
She said: "Sometimes at night I get nightmares, I can’t sleep. I try to leave the pills, but I can’t because I wake up in the night, so I have to continue taking them.
"It’s just one of those things, but I know I have to be strong."
According to data, the plane circled several times before the disaster after declaring an electrical failure. The electrical fault resulted from the lack of fuel to the engines, however, it was initially thought that the electrical fault was the cause of the crash. Only six survivors were pulled from the wreckage, and one later died after getting t hospital.