Stephanie Decker's decision changed her life but she has no regrets.
A mother sacrifices everything for their kids. No matter how difficult the situation may seem, a mother will step up if her children need her. Stephanie Decker is such a devoted mother. She saved her children from a horrific tornado but she lost her own legs in the attempt.
According to People, the 42-year-old mother had just come home with her little kids, 8-year-old Dominic and 5-year-old Reese, when the winds began blowing strongly. "I looked up and I saw our trampoline that was staked in the ground go flying across the yard. Then the entire house started to shake. I became petrified at that point and one of the windows busted in," said the mother, alluding to the event that took place on March 2, 2012.
Seeing the evident change in weather, Stephanie knew it was not safe. She headed down to the basement with her little children. She covered the kids with a blanket and laid on top of them acting as their shield.
She watched her house being torn apart by the F4 tornado but the mother courageously continued to protect her children. "I watched the foundation separate from the house and lift up," said the mother. Within moments, she saw a 20-foot steel I-beam on the verge of falling in her direction. She could have moved away but she knew her children would be in danger if she moved. So, Stephanie decided to stay.
"I could see it in slow motion. I was covered in bricks and stones. I could let go of them, move the stuff off me, and get away from that beam. I chose to let the beam fall instead of letting go of my kids. The feeling was, ‘I’d rather get my arms ripped off instead of letting go of my kids," recalled the mother.
The beam crushed her legs. The helpless mother was trapped when another F2 tornado hit their home. It ripped off a pillar and the mother saw that it was going to fall on her daughter. She immediately intervened to save her life.
"The pillar was coming straight for my daughter’s head. Now that I only have upper-body movement I can’t cover them so I’m twisting back and forth taking the brunt of the flying debris. I twisted my body and it broke eight ribs and punctured my lung," said Stephanie.
Narrating the events to Daily Mail, she said, "Everything started hitting my back, beams, pillars, furniture - everything was slamming into my back. They were screaming, 'Mommy, I can’t live without you! I don’t wanna die, please don’t let me die!' and I said, 'you’re not going to die, we’re going to make it.'"
With her injuries, the mother of two did not think she would survive. "It was cut off or it was barely attached. I took my phone and I made a video to my husband to tell him I love him. I knew it was bad. If I didn't get help soon, I was going to bleed out," said Stephanie. However, she overcame the injuries. A year after the dreadful incident, the mother started the Stephanie Decker Foundation to help kids who have lost their limbs.
Looking back at the event, the mother also stated that she did not regret anything she did for her kids. Moreover, she believes it happened for a reason. "I don’t even think twice about it. I wouldn’t change it for a million bucks. Things happen for a reason. It was my time to step up," said Stephanie.