A Touching Story: Miracle Baby Survives

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
February 8, 2008 3:44pm CST
I think many here at MyLot have heard or are aware of the horrific devastation that recently occurred in the southern states here in the US. In many cases without warning tornadoes touched down in the states of Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Alabama, with the death toll so far being near 60 people. In a flash, peoples homes and lives were shattered, but amidst all this destruction a miracle occurred. When rescuers were going through the rumble of one area of CASTALIAN SPRINGS, Tenn. a firefighter, David Harmon, who had already gone through the area without finding anything or anyone, came across what he thought was a toy baby doll. But then he saw the "doll" move....it turned out to be 11-month old Kyson Stowell who was lying face down in the mud, 150 yards from where his home once stood. According to the article I read... (Quote) ..." The field had already been combed once for survivors, and finding anyone alive seemed improbable. Hours after the storm, there was devastation everywhere: The body of the boy's mother was found in the same field, houses were wiped to concrete slabs and a brick post office was blown to bits. But except for a few scrapes, Kyson was fine... .. Back in Castalian Springs, there was good news to celebrate. Baby Kyson was discharged from a hospital and was in the care of his grandparents. He had scrapes and gashes on his cheek and by his big blue eyes, but otherwise was fine. Clinging to his grandmother, he fussed a little - something he normally does at naptime. As word the tornado was coming spread through the community Tuesday, the Stowells called their their 23-year-old daughter Kerri warning her to take cover. In a phone call with her fiance's sister, Kerri said she was bracing for the storm in the bathtub, clutching her baby to her side. The phone cut out as Kay Stowell and her daughter spoke. Then came an ominous voicemail - no words, just the sound of wind. It took two hours for the Stowells to drive around the downed trees and power lines and make the four-mile trip to Kerri's home- or what was left of it. It was during that time that rescuers Harmon and Karl Wegner decided to give the pasture one last look. When the Stowells made it to the scene, the first thing Douglas Stowell saw was a firefighter holding the baby. Not long thereafter, another emergency worker showed Stowell a photo of a body found nearby. He confirmed it was his stepdaughter. "If it had been both of them, I couldn't have handled it," he said. Kerri Stowell's fiance, 22-year-old Charles Scott, believed she tried to keep her son safe as the storm closed in. "She would have given her life trying to protect that baby," he said...." The entire article is here: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/national_world&id=5942642 Yes, it's bittersweet that this little baby's mother died trying to protect her child, but a miracle that the baby did survive to begin with, given the odds of such of tornado. I don't know about you but it's heartwarming to know that among such tragedies that can occur in life, to hear a story like this is truly a miracle
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
8 Feb 08
It is real miracle. Mother will always do everything to safe her kids. I start to think about crazy weather and tornado in states where tornado never happen before. I am working on emergency plan for myself and my pets... I will print most recent pictures of my whole family and my pets.... I am looking for places to give some goods for tornado victims...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Yes, even here in NY a few months ago we had a tornado touch down in Brooklyn and I'm here in Queens....our weather was affected that day..I never saw winds gust and the beautiful trees were swaying and bending like crazy here, something I've NEVER seen in all the years I live here. And just last night there was one of those "emergency" tests on the TV..for hurricanes, floods or tornadoes..yikes..that sure as heck didn't fill me with confidence
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• Canada
9 Feb 08
OMG I can`t even raed the rest , I can barekly stop the tears , what a sin that poor family must be devestated ... I can`t even imagine what they must be going through ... I don`t even know what to say , as there are no words I can think of ITS SO SAD ... My heart and tears truely go out to the family ... I guess the only good thing is that this baby did survive with the TRUE LOVE he had from his MOMMY ... i just can`t imagine it OMGOSH .... May God forever be with them ... God Bless to all who survived the storm and may peace forever be wuth them all ...
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Feb 08
It was such a heartwarming story though...I was watching it on the late, late, late news last night and they kept showing the baby over and over again....My prayers are with all the people in those states...I sure hope no more tornadoes hit
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
10 Feb 08
With so much devastation that occurred it was a real wonder there weren't more fatalities
• United States
9 Feb 08
This was definately a miracle. I am happy for the family that he survived. It will help somewhat is easing the pain of other loses. I really think there ought to be better facilities for protection...should have underground bunkers put into trailer parks. It would be interesting to know if the child suffers from any kind of fears or trauma later in life.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I sure hope that baby doesn't suffer trauma later in life...but he's so young, hopefully he'll forget as he gets older
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• Canada
9 Feb 08
Thats what I was thinking this will forever be with him , I hope he gets some counsiling early and he is able to understand what MOMMY did for HIM ....
@jwfarrimond (4474)
9 Feb 08
I was interested in the bit at the end of that clip about the family who moved to Tennessee from New Orleans after there home there had been destroyed by Katrina. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I know, isn't that something? They thought they were escaping from one disaster area only to move to another.
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
8 Feb 08
It's an amazing story isn't it? I guess there is some truth in the saying that God protects drunks and babies.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Mmmm...maybe we should be drunk all the time since we're not babies?? LOL
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@david2005 (800)
• Canada
8 Feb 08
What a very sad story,mother nature can be so viscous sometimes and the destruction that it can leave is terrible.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Yes, mother nature can wreck havoc..makes us realize how small the human race is, no?
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@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
8 Feb 08
It's always great when some sort of good news comes out of such a tragic event! I'm sorry to hear that the mother didn't make it, but it is truly a miracle that her baby survived!
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
8 Feb 08
Hi pyewacket, Wow, what an amazing miracle. Such a touching story. I wish so much that the babies mom would've made it too, but thankfully he has his dad, and his grandparents. Hearing of these types of storms, is so very frightening. In seconds, people's lives can be ruined forever. The weather (worldwide) is out of control these days. It really does give one 'pause.' Take care.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Yes, the weather has been bizarre all over..even here...we've hardly had any snow at all, while I listen to all the snowstorms in the mid-west area. How's the weather where you are since one poster from Canada said almost all of Canada was on red alert with snowstorms
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• United States
10 Feb 08
It is a very heartwarming and touching story. It's amazing. I thought as much when I seen it on the news. I'm so glad he survived and I wish his mother could have too. The wild thing is it's not as uncommon as one might expect. There are loads of these stories through out the years. Babies surviving - been found in trees and fields only with minor injuries surviving things that adults most likely wouldn't. Babies are more resilant then we are...and I think they've got even more protection than us (from above :) ).
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Yes, sometimes you hear of little babies surviving a plane crash...and if I'm not mistaking..would have to look up to make sure, but I think the rescuers found a baby at 911 would survived the World Trade Center disaster
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• United States
11 Feb 08
I think you might be right about that! I think I recall a photo taken of it too!
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
9 Feb 08
yes I had seen parts of this story on weather channel and its weird how that could happen like the one in 91 the baby was found way across the hyway with a piece of tin over it not one scatch the wind had tore him out of mothers arms! amazing how things work hout and hope the grand parents get along fine now and raise that baby! thanks fo rthis post
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Feb 08
It makes you wonder why some people do survive such disasters while others don't
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
9 Feb 08
yes it does hugs
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• Canada
12 Feb 08
Hello Pyewacket and thanks for sharing this touching story. You are right...this event does have the feel of a Phoenix rising out of the ashes of despair. It does make one wonder what this child's destiny is. Sometimes a life is given so something of greater good can arise from it. Look at all that has come from the mothers who organized M.A.D.D...(Mothers of Drunk Drivers) after losing loved ones to those who imbibe and drive. Yes, there are miracles occurring every day for those who have the eyes to see and appreciate them for what they are. Lovely discussion...much appreciated. Raia
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I'm glad you appreciated this. It does make one wonder why some people do survive while others don't...guess it wasn't that baby's "time" to leave this plane of existence, right?
@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Hey pw, I saw this on the news-I believe it was a miracle the baby survived Thank God +'s |:)
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Yes, it really was a miracle that baby survived
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Ah, good news among the storm. Thanks for sharing. There will be miracles. Blessed Be.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Yes it's great to know seeming miracles can occur in disasters like this
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I read about the tornadoes in the newspaper, and was very saddened by it, seems as though mother nature is not giving us a break, and many people all over the world are sufferning and dying because of it. I have to ask myself why God would let this keep happening. I am however happy that this mircle child survived, and he has family to live with. My heart goes out to the family for their loss.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Yes, there does seem to be a lot of natural disasters happening all over, so when one hears a story like this it's so heartwarming
• United States
9 Feb 08
I read that on Foxnews.com That is absolutely amazing. God has a plan for that child and his future. Every time I hear about things like this, people who have survived incredible things I just wonder who they will turn out to be someday. We probably won't ever know, but there is something very special in that little boys future for sure.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Yes, you sometimes hear things like this with terrible plane crashes...most people die, yet some survive..guess their "time" wasn't up or they just weren't meant to die..so yes, something very special there, so reason.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
9 Feb 08
it's a beautiful story yet heartbreaking a mother protecting her baby and the baby survived like the stories about pregnant ladies in a condition where the surgeon had to determine which one to be saved, the mother or the baby.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I wonder how surgeons do make their decisions in such cases...I would never want to have to make that choice
@psyche49f (2511)
• Philippines
9 Feb 08
I agree...that's truly a miracle...when I first saw that news item at CNN, it really touched my heart, for indeed this was a miracle...a manifestation of how a mother can love her baby, even giving up her life for him or her. Great tragedies may happen, but when love is around, the human spirit survives, come hell and high waters. Thanks for this discussion. It makes us feel truly human as it is moving and makes one reflect about how people can rise above tragedies....
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Feb 08
It touched me too. I was watching with horror of the complete devastation that took place due to the tornadoes, and then to hear such a positive story of survival was really heartwarming
@GardenGerty (104149)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I think we need these glimmers of hope to keep us going, so that we know WHY we persist and Why we survive.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Sometimes it's such a refreshing change to hear positive news...we hear too much of the negative, but then I guess the news media would be out of business if they only reported "nice" news
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
23 Feb 08
I heard about this on the radio and was surprised they found the lil tyke alive and well since the area was already searched once and noone found him then. Guess it pays to search an area several times. Glad the lil guy is ok but sad his mother didn't make it.
@forge_t (92)
• United States
10 Feb 08
that was something else to see we seen it on the news here in arizona.