|Hero Mom, Stephanie Decker and her family....|
Last weeks tornadoes that ripped across the heartland, leveled and tore apart many homes, they also took many lives and it's one of the sad, confusing, Angry-Earth type things I hate hearing about. People losing homes, possessions, and most importantly their loved ones. Tornadoes are real bastards that leave nothing but destruction and chaos in its wake...most people are lucky to be able to fend for themselves, just to make it out alive. But Stephanie Decker put herself last and made the brave but costly decision to save her two young kids.
Friday, 140 twisters were reported to have made landings, leaving 39 people dead. The Decker family was right in the path of this BadAssBitch of a Storm....
"I assumed I was safe and I heard the roar like a train, and I heard it behind me, and I knew it was coming," she recalled today. "And it was so loud that I knew that I needed to do something different. I knew staying put wasn't going to work."
Stephanie grabbed the kids and headed to the basement of the home she always thought would protect her. She grabbed a comforter, got the kids under neath it and covered them up with herself.
"My daughter said, 'Mommy, I don't like this,' and I said, 'I know honey,'" Decker said. "I could see the wind. I could see the window blew out and the house burst."
The house this family made a home came crashing down around them, debris falling upon Stephanie and crushing her legs. But her son and daughter were safe, totally unscathed. When Dominick saw that his mommy was hurt he ran to get help from neighbors...His mother is calling him the hero.
"I remember the whole thing," she said. "I stayed conscious the whole time. I couldn't afford [to pass out]. They needed me. They had to have me, so I had to figure out what to do. And my son is a hero. He went to get help."Both of her legs had to be amputated, one right below the knee, and the other just above it. She also has several broken ribs and a punctured lung...
"I knew my leg was barely attached or it was severed. I didn't know which but I knew it was bad. If I didn't get help soon, I was going to bleed out," Decker told ABC News, which interviewed her Monday night from her hospital bed in Louisville, Ky.
|Stephanie recovering from her leg amputations.|
**Here is a link to an interview with Stephanie and her family