Tornadoes: Tornadoes Aftermath

March 5, 2012 by staff 

Tornadoes: Tornadoes Aftermath, An Indiana toddler found in a field after violent tornadoes died Sunday after being taken off life support, ending a hopeful tale for survivors in the Midwest and South picking through the storms’ devastation.

Fifteen-month-old Angel Babcck of New Pekin, Ind., was found after her family’s mobile home was destroyed in Friday’s storms. Her father, mother and two siblings were killed.

When Angel arrived at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville Friday night, she was opening her eyes — a hopeful sign, chief nursing officer Cis Gruebbel said.

Things turned on Saturday, when the swelling in her brain didn’t decrease, he said. As the day went on, her eyes ceased to move and she continued to deteriorate. There was no sign of brain activity.

Medical staff told the family there wasn’t anything more they could do. With extended family gathered to say goodbye, the family made the decision to end life support on Sunday.

The girl’s death brings the overall toll from the storms to 39 across five states.

Storms in the past week caused damage in at least 15 Tennessee counties. Volunteers were on the ground Sunday in Jackson and Overton counties, assessing damage and working with the Red Cross to provide snacks and water to those who were affected, as well as emergency and clean-up crews.

“My office has been communicating with FEMA over the past week, and I will continue working with the other members of the Tennessee congressional delegation to support the state’s disaster assistance request,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander in a statement, “so that the owners of homes and businesses that have been damaged or destroyed can begin rebuilding as soon as possible. I continue to hold the families and friends of those who were killed and all of who were injured by these storms in my thoughts and prayers.”

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