Hudson Survivors Relive Nightmare, Relish Survival

Passengers amazed to still be alive cope with crash's emotional aftermath
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2009 3:23 AM CST

Passengers who cheated death in the Hudson River crash are seeing the world through a fresh set of eyes, they tell the AP. They are celebrating the simple joy of still being alive, but many are also haunted by recurring nightmares. Experts say such reactions are normal after such an extraordinary event and most will fully recover given time.

Survivors are treasuring moments that seemed tedious before the crash. Some worry that they have become too clingy but are still wary of letting loved ones out of their sight. "It's all about celebrating life," said one survivor, who has vowed to hug everyone she meets after being touched by the kindness of strangers during her rescue.
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