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Do We All Have What it Takes to be a "Hero Mom"?
Have you ever had a moment when you sensed your kids were in danger, your adrenaline kicked in and you forgot about everything else to save your kids?
That’s what happened to Stephanie Decker, the Indiana mom who shielded her children with her own body and lost both legs when a tornado slammed into her home.
When she heard the rumbling getting louder towards her house, she knew something wasn’t right. She grabbed her 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter and dove into the basement. Covering them with a comforter and then laying on top of them as her home came crashing down around her.
She told ABC News "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.” She made a makeshift tourniquet to stop the bleeding. As she laid there bleeding, waiting for help she remembered thinking I have to be here for my kids,"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. My son is the hero he is the one who went to get help.”
The storm and tornadoes killed 39 people that day, but her children made it out with barely a scratch. When she thought she wasn’t going to make it she recorded her last words on her cell phone to her husband. Stephanie had to have both legs amputated, one just below the knee and the other just above it and is now recovering.
Hearing this story made me tear up, just thinking about what she must have been going through trying to save her children, forgetting her pain and not knowing if she or her kids would make it out alive. Even having the strength and courage to know that those may be her last moments, holding on for them and then leaving a farewell message for her husband. As moms we all know about sacrifice, and believe that we would do the same thing in a situation like that. Hopefully we will not have to face anything where we would be put to the test like that.
But what I find even more courageous is not just what happened in those instinctual moments, but her strength and positive attitude even after the ordeal and now having to move forward and adjust to her new circumstances. I hope that after the media spotlight dies down that she and her family will be able to put their lives back together.
Many are calling her “Hero Mom”, but she says the title of just “mom” is fine and it was just her instinct to protect her children. While most of us have never experienced a tornado, do you ever get that motherly instinct? What would you do for your children?
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