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Pilot Still in Critical Condition After Plane Crash

Pilot Still in Critical Condition After Plane Crash
By: Carly O'Keefe

CARTERVILLE, Ill. - Family members say while a southern Illinois pilot is still in critical condition, it's a miracle he is still alive.

Less than one week ago, 46-year-old Anthony Watts of Carterville, Illinois was flying his single-engine plane to work when it crashed near Festus, Missouri.

Family members say given the seriousness of a brain injury sustained in the crash, doctors didn't think Watts would live through surgery.  He did.  While he hasn't regained consciousness, his family believes support from friends and the community might have helped him hold on. 

"We've had such great support from people and family and churches.  People are just praying for our dad and we ask for more prayers because we truly believe that's what's keeping him alive.  The power of prayer," said Watts' oldest daughter Joanna Watts. 

Anthony Watts was the sole provider for the family.  He was responsible for his wife, five children and three foster children.  Now that medical bills are piling up and Watts isn't working, tough times lie ahead for his family.

Friends of the family ask for prayers and whatever donations folks wish to give.  You can make a monetary donation to the "Watts Family Fund" through any Old National Bank branch in the Heartland.

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