Hero Mom Of The Day
Hero Mom of the Day: Mother of two Stephanie Decker is being hailed as a hero after she managed to shield her children from harm during last week’s record-setting tornado outbreak.
Sadly, Decker, a resident of the devastated town of Henryville, Indiana, did not escape injury: Both of her legs were badly damaged by falling debris and had to be amputated.
“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 said, reliving her harrowing ordeal from a hospital bed in Louisville. “And it was so loud that I knew that I needed to do something different. I knew staying put wasn’t going to work.”
She scrambled to protect her son and daughter, 8-year-old Dominic and 5-year-old Reese, who were hunkered down in the basement. Decker covered them with a comforter and used her own body as a shield against the disintegrating house.
Just then, the ceiling caved in and her legs were crushed.
Dominic, who, like his sister, was unhurt thanks to his mom, ran for help. Decker was eventually removed from her flattened home and brought to the hospital, where she remains in critical but stable condition.