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baby that was carried 10 miles by tornado update i found on family

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM
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 Update: they just took her off life support   :( shes with her family now.

( http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/04/10575527-toddler-found-after-twister-dies-in-hospital

I wanted to post this for anyone following the story. They wouldn't tell anything about the family till this morning and its a sad update but the good news is she is still alive this morning.

NEW PEKIN, Ind. - A baby girl found critically injured in a field 10 miles from her New Pekin, Ind., home is the only member of her family to survive a tornado that killed her parents and two siblings, officials said Saturday.

 The identities of the girl and her family have not been released, but officials confirmed Saturday that she was taken to St. Vincent Salem Hospital before being transferred to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, where she remains in critical condition.

The sheriff's and coroner's office in Washington County would not release the names of the girl's parents. But neighbors Marcia and Beverly Lanham said the man who was killed worked in a nearby saw mill owned by Marcia's ex-husband and son.

 In their last moments, the girl's parents and her two siblings who perished in the tornado in this tiny town were lying face-down in a hallway in their mobile home, holding hands and praying.

 Beverly Lanham, who lives next door, said her boyfriend Jason Miller shared that image with her after trying in vain to save the family, going outside as the funnel cloud neared to warn them to get inside, offering a place in his bigger, double-wide mobile home. Lanham said the twister picked Miller up and threw him and members of the family across the neighborhood off Old Pekin Road.

 Miller, 31, survived, with several broken bones, and was in stable condition Saturday at University Hospital in Louisville.

 "He's a hero," said Lanham's mother, Marcia Lanham, who sobbed Saturday as she helped her daughter sift through the rubble of the home she shared with her boyfriend. "He went next-door to bring them over, and they all got killed."

 Marcia Lanham walked toward what was left of the family's flattened home. Among the rubble was a tray from a highchair, a pink wheel from a child's bicycle and a yellow metal toy truck.

 "There's nothing left," Marcia Lanham said, her voice breaking as it trailed off.

 Across the street, Jeanie Lewellyn, 60, said losing her brick, single-story house and most of her belongings is nothing compared to the loss of life so close to her home.
Her husband, son and daughter survived by huddling together in their basement while she was away. Beverly Lanham, a teacher, was at work when the tornado hit

"I couldn't sleep. I was up all night. All I could think about was them kids. Why didn't they come over here?" Lewellyn said. "All this stuff is just stuff. Their lives can never be replaced."

 Lewellyn's daughter, Melissa Vanlaningham, said the loss is tearing up her mother. "She's having a harder time with that than anything else."

 Vanlaningham said the whole, close-knit community is hurt by the loss.

 "Pretty much everybody down here knows each other," she said. "Most of the people around here been here all their lives."

 And their suffering is compounded, for many, by also losing much or all that they own. In the Old Pekin Road neighborhood, mementos of everyday life, from clothes to makeup cases to couches, were strewn everywhere. Car tires balanced on large branches and pink insulation clung to small ones. Where one mobile home had once been, an intact set of front steps led to nowhere.

 Jeanie Lewellyn, 60, and her husband, Gene,62, said a few pieces of furniture may be able to be salvaged, including their bed. But almost everything else they owned, even their medicines, are gone.

 "I don't know where to start," Jeanie Lewellyn said. "It's a nightmare."

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KRISTAL_WILDER
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I wanted to add i seen the tornado destruction in my county yesterday(laurel county ky) and You never know how you will feel when you see something like that till you do. My heart just dropped. Houses flatened, mobile homes blown to up by the interstate, tracker trailer twisted and thrown over an embankment and dead animals so sad.

Dinimon
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM
That is so sad.. hope the girl will be ok..
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Tea4Tas
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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When are they going to require mobile homes to have shelters? When?

MamaBear2cubs
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Wow hope she is okay

atlmom2
by Susie on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM
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Quoting Tea4Tas:

When are they going to require mobile homes to have shelters? When?

I agree.  I could never live in a trailer in tornado alley.  I always had a basement in our homes that I have lived in. 

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LiesLiesLies
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Agreed...

A shelter is not much...

I still can't believe neither of my homes have basements.


Quoting Tea4Tas:

When are they going to require mobile homes to have shelters? When?


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kitty8199
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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Right. Just have a big shelter for the people in the trailer park. Cages for pets and a big space for everyone else. You have to allow pets. Some people won't leave them.

Quoting Tea4Tas:

When are they going to require mobile homes to have shelters? When?

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mariesmama
by Bronze Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM


Quoting Tea4Tas:

When are they going to require mobile homes to have shelters? When?


some parks do my brothers the shelters at the firehouse

K_D88
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

 So sad.  How miraculous that the baby survived, though.  Very sad that none of the rest of her family survived. May God and prayers be with them!

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mommaT1983
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I live about 40 minutes from pekin and its so sad :(. I have seen what devastation a tornado can do but I've never seen this close to my home. A town about 10 minutes from was completely destroyed and it used to be my home and a lot of family used to live there. My prayers go to the families that are affected from the tornados.
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