A few weeks ago, we reported the amazing story of Stephanie Decker, the Indiana mom who lost both her legs in a quick acting tornado while physically shielding her two children from the house falling down on them. Readers were naturally so fascinated by Decker’s courage and mama instinct and many asked to be updated.
It’s only been two weeks since the tornado hit the Decker home when 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. As a result, she lost both legs, but as she told MSNBC, she knew she had to live for her children:
I looked at my leg and realized either it was cut off, or it was barely attached. I took my phone and made a video to my husband telling him I loved him. I prayed to have the strength to survive. I wanted these kids to have a mom. I did not want them to have to grow up without me. They’re screaming, ‘Mommy, I can’t live without you, I don’t want to die, please don’t let me die,’ and I said, ‘You’re not going to die.
On Saturday, Decker was released from University of Louisville Hospital after undergoing amputations, one just above the knee and the other above the ankle. Doctors do expect her to walk again eventually with the use of prostheses. How does she feel now after undergoing a traumatic ordeal and looking ahead to months of rehabilitation while learning to walk again?
“I feel pretty awesome. “I didn’t expect to feel this way, but I feel healthy. I feel strong. I’m ready to tackle rehab. I am ready to get that part of this stepping stone over with. I feel really, really good.”
When asked she managed to stay positive, Decker jokes that while she is typically ‘glass half-full’, her hubby is ‘glass half-empty’, then she says she’s always been a positive person and credits her upbringing and family for making her that way.
Decker is now off to a couple weeks of rehab, followed by another surgery back at the hospital. After that, she will finally go home and utilize out-patient rehabilitation. Her road is still long, and her attitude is still astounding.
Here is video of this amazing mom leaving the hospital: