Mother Loses Legs Saving Her Children From Indiana Tornado
Listen to this remarkable story out of Indiana after a mom lost her legs trying to protect her children from a tornado last week. Thirty-year-old Stephanie Decker picked up her young children early from school because she knew the storm was coming. They went right to the basement of their home. Soon, the wind started to blow and the entire house started shifting. She made a split second decision, wrapped her kids in a blanket and threw herself on top of them.
She described the scene, “The pillars, the steel beams, the bricks, everything from the house was hitting me in the back. I remember having the steel beam fall right on my leg. And Dominic at one point said, ‘Mommy, I need you
to save me.’”
The debris kept hitting her as her legs were bleeding, but she knew she needed to protect her children. Decker prayed and kept telling herself to keep fighting, “We can make it. I gotta live for my kids. The next moment I was thinking, ‘I can’t do this anymore, I can’t stay awake, I’m tired. You know, I just want to close my eyes.’”
Trace Gallagher reports that a neighbor found her in the wreckage and ran for help. A police officer used a tourniquet to stop the bleeding from her legs. She lost one leg below the knee, the other one just above the ankle, but there was not a scratch on either one of her children.