Two babies miraculously survived a tornado in Kentucky last weekend when the bathtub they were sheltering in was ripped out of the ground while they were still inside.
Their grandmother, Clara Lutz, shared with WFIE-TV how she put 15-month-old Kaden and 3-month-old Dallas in the bathtub last Friday with a blanket, a pillow and a Bible. And immediately after, the house in Hopkins County began to shake.
“Next thing I knew, the tub had lifted and it was out of my hands,” Lutz said. “I couldn’t hold on. I just – oh my God.”
Lutz said she began looking everywhere among the wreckage for the children. Her house was stripped to the foundation.
“All I could say was, ‘Lord please bring my babies back safely. Please, I beg thee,'” she said.
The bathtub was later discovered in her yard, upside down, with the babies underneath. Authorities from the sheriff’s office drove to the end of her driveway and reunited her with the two children, she said.
Dallas had a big bump on the back of his head, due to getting hit by the water tank from the tub and had to go to Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville as his brain was bleeding. But thankfully, the bleeding stopped before Lutz got to the hospital.
Lutz said the parents of the children live on the north end of the county and their home was nearly untouched by the tornado. A clip from Hopkins County Sheriff’s deputy shows rescue crews finding the bathtub in the woman’s yard.
“Can you get down here? We need help. We have someone underneath this debris in the bathtub,” the deputy says in the video.
Rescue crews are then seen pulling the crying children out of the bathtub. Lutes watches her grandchildren every weekend she can.
It has been confirmed that at least 92 people have died across multiple states after more than 40 tornadoes pummeled a wide area on Dec. 10 and 11.
State emergency management officials in Kentucky and the state health department put the current count at 75. The governor, who said his staff believes there are an additional three deaths, said Saturday that all of the people reported missing in the state after the outbreak of tornadoes have been accounted for.
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