Video—For the love of Andrea


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The simple task of spelling her name is a small victory for Andrea Vellinga.

For six weeks, the 30-year-old was unable to talk. She couldn’t breathe on her own. And doctors who cared for her say the wife and mother from Pendleton was minutes from death.

Aug. 13 was supposed to be one of the most memorable nights of her life. Instead, life changed forever.

That night, she was standing in the Sugar Pit, waiting to see her beloved Sugarland perform at the Indiana State Fair, when strong winds whipped. When the rigging from the stage collapsed, Andrea was pinned underneath.


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