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Hero Pilot Trying To Help Save Daughter's Life

Thursday, December 11, – updated: 8:51 am PST December 12, 2003

As the captain of United Flight 232, SeaTac-based pilot Al Haynes helped save 184 people when he guided his disabled plane in for a crash landing back in 1989.


Now he's asking for your help to save one more life.

Capt. Haynes says he didn't have time to be scared when his plane went down that day in Sioux City, Iowa. But now, he is scared because his only daughter will die without a desperately needed bone marrow transplant.

When Laurie Haynes Arguello, 39, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia two years ago the first thing she did, was call her father, Capt. Al Haynes.

"I just called dad and said, 'What do we do?'" Arguello said.

After two years of doctors appointments and transfusions, Arguello now needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.

She has a donor, but not the more than $200,000 needed to pay for an operation no fully covered by insurance.

It's a concern that keeps her awake at night.

"My son's nine. My husband and I have been together for over 20 years. I have a lot to live for," she said.

She has a lot of support from family and friends, who have launched a fund-raising campaign to save Arguello's life.

For Capt. Al Haynes, Laurie's is another life he desperately wants to save.

"It's another one, yeah, very important to me but, it's just another one. But if I can do it, I will. Any way we can," he said.

Capt. Haynes says besides dealing with the recent deaths of his wife and son -- and now facing the illness of his daughter -- his greatest challenge was overcoming the survivor's guilt he felt after the crash.