February 13, 1992. It's a strange afternoon at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. Twenty-eight-year-old Jack Bahr, a local youth pastor, and his wife Patty are outside an operating room. They had brought in their two-year-old daughter, Samantha, for what appeared to be a lingering cold. Now they are looking at puzzling X-rays astonished at what they see in the toddler's neck. The doctors have found what is believed to be a coin lodged in the toddler's throat, which was swallowed as much as six months before. Her body's efforts to expel the foreign object have resulted in an infection developing around her heart. Saving Samantha's life will require a procedure the hospital is not equipped to perform. Samantha must be airlifted to another hospital in Denver in order to have the operation. Unfortunately, on this evening a major upper-level storm system is moving in from the west. Halfway to Denver, the problems begin. The right engine flames out, and Samantha's condition is increasingly critical. An in-flight emergency is declared, and the plane must land short of its destination in the small town of Rifle, Colorado. The plane then becomes immersed in the oncoming blizzard.Cloudy with a chance of disaster: listen to the entire Storm Stories series from The Weather Channel.More
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