Heartrending: Indiana Mum Saves Children From Tornado, Loses Legs

Heartrending: Indiana Mum Saves Children From Tornado, Loses Legs

Markleville : IN : USA | Mar 06, 2012 at 7:11 AM PST
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Video of the Tornado Marysville/Chelsea, Indiana

Report By: Nina Rai

Marysville, Indiana.

06 March, 2012

The series of dangerous tornadoes that has been wrecking mayhem across the Midwest and Southern regions of America, have now claimed the limbs of a brave young mother who did all she could to protect her young children from the tornados deathly tentacles.

Valiant mom Stephanie Decker lost parts of both her legs as she threw herself over her children to save them from the dangerous tornado which ripped apart her home.

Check Pics: The Deckers with their children

When the raging storm first started gathering, Decker told Fox News that there was a wind like she had never seen before. Then the glass broke, after which their entire house started shifting.

Decker said she then made an instant decision. She quickly bundled the children to the basement of their three-storey house in Marysville, Indiana. There she covered herself and son Dominic (8) and daughter Reese (5) together in a blanket.

But soon there was a hail of debris with everything hitting her back like pillars, beams and furniture. Meanwhile, she said her children were screaming, 'Mommy I can't live without you, I don't want to die, please don't let me die.'

But she calmed them down by saying, “'We are not going to die, we are going to make it.' "

However, despite her bravado, in the melee of the storm, the falling debris crushed Decker’s legs even as she shielded her children from the falling cement slabs. Due to this brave act on her part, the children survived the storm, unhurt. And once the tornado passed by, little Dominic rushed to his neighbors to seek assistance.

36-year-old sleep expert Mrs. Decker was admitted to the University Hospital in Louisville, however, doctors were not able to save her legs. She lost one leg from above the knee and the other from above the ankle.

Decket’s school teacher husband Joe’s warning had come a tad too late. He had earlier texted a message to his wife from work, cautioning her that a tornado was in the path of their family home. He, unfortunately, returned home to discover it completely damaged and the children at the home of a family friend.

Mrs. Decker is presently recovering at University Hospital in Louisville. Her husband recollecting the incident stated that he feared that he would never see his wife again and even told her with regard to their kids, 'they're here because of you'.

Meanwhile he stated that he let his wife know that nothing other than her life mattered. He even told her, 'You're going to be here for your kids, and you get to see them grow up'.

Speaking about his wife’s brave act he informed "She said she felt the whole house start to go and then she felt like it moved them about before it kind of wedged her in there, but she was able to keep the kids from moving away."

Meanwhile the Decker’s home which was partly built by Joe Decker and partly by his father-in-law is now a thing of the past, totally ravaged. According to Decker it had taken them around nine months to construct it, but it took barely “four seconds" to bring it down, he declared despondently.

Source: Sky News

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Footage of Tornado's through Indiana.
Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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