Among the deaths and destruction that came out of last week’s tornado, news broke on Sunday that Angel Babcock, the 14-month-old who was lifted by the wind and carried for 10 miles also succumbed to her injuries. Her parents and two siblings had already perished in the tornado.
Yet there have also been a few miracles. Among the good stories to come out of the tragic Midwest tornado is the story of Stephanie Decker.
According to the NY Daily News, the 36-year-old mother of two quickly took her two children, 8-year-old Dominic, and 5-year-old Reese, into the basement after her husband frantically texted her from work to tell her that a tornado was headed straight for their home. Stephanie draped her own body over her two children as the tornado hit and collapsed their home on top of them. When she saw a large piece of the house heading right for her daughter, she turned around and shielded Reese from it. Stephanie doesn’t have any recollection of what happened after that.
Little Dominic ran outside soon after and alerted neighbors who helped flag down an ambulance. When Stephanie awoke, she had lost both her legs but her children did not even have a scratch on them.
A mother’s instinct to protect her babies is primal, and Stephanie is one strong mama for sure. To attest to her fortitude, after just losing her legs, one of the first things she did was update her Facebook page:
“I’m Alive!! And praise God my children didn’t get a scratch on them!! Many have asked if u can come see me … Yes!!!”
Stephanie remains in critical condition at University Hospital in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Image: Joe Decker
UPDATE: See how Stephanie is doing now.
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