Kentucky Tornadoes: Parents Mourn the Tragic Loss of 2-Month Daughter

by Samantha Whidden
MAYFIELD, KENTUCKY - DECEMBER 11: In this aerial view, homes and businesses are destroyed after a tornado ripped through town the previous evening on December 11, 2021 in Mayfield, Kentucky. Multiple tornadoes touched down several Midwest states late evening December 10 causing widespread destruction and leaving an estimated 70-plus people dead. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Parents are now mourning the tragic loss of their 2-month-old daughter following the Kentucky tornadoes that killed more than 60 people.

According to a Facebook post, two-month-old Oaklynn Koon succumbed to her injuries from the Kentucky tornadoes on Monday (December 13th). Her parents, Douglas and Jackie Koon, shared in the post, “At least I know who will be watching over you up there for me. My dad. God this doesn’t seem real.”

The parents of the infant announced over the weekend that she was incubated. Doctors believed at the time that she injured her neck veins, which may have caused her to have a stroke. The baby girl also had seizures activity. “Did a CT again and they are saying [they] think they see a small bleed and something else going on,” the post read. 

Another post revealed the tragic events unfolding for the two-month-old. “It’s not looking good guys at all. The machines are keeping her alive. Her head swelled really bad. She doesn’t have activity. So now [we’re] going to have to make a decision. I can’t believe I’m writing this [right[ now and I know I haven’t got back to everyone.”

The New York Post reported the family confirmed Oaklynn’s passing shortly before Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear announced the official death toll numbers of the Kentucky Tornadoes. At least 64 Kentuckians are dead and 105 are missing. The media outlet stated that it wasn’t immediately clear if the official toll includes the infant’s death.

The family of Oaklynn lived in Dawsons Spring when the Kentucky Tornadoes occurred. Chris Smiley, the mayor of Dawson Springs, stated on Sunday that he estimates 75 percent of the small town was wiped out by the tornado. He told CNN, “It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen. It’s just devastating.”

A GoFundMe Has Been Established For the Family Following Kentucky Tornadoes 

Following the devastating Kentucky Tornadoes, a GoFundMe for the family of Oaklynn Koon was established to help them during this difficult situation. The campaign’s description reads, “As many of you know, a tornado swept through Dawson Springs, Kentucky last night. But unfortunately, like many families, my uncle, and his family were truly affected by this.”

The campaign further explained that the Koons, their children, and grandmother were all in the grandmother’s home when the tornado ripped through. “Although, they were hunkered down, they were all thrown from the house and into the neighbor’s yard.”

While the majority of the family members made it out of the storms with cuts and bruises, the grandmother’s house was devastated. The grandmother only has her wallet and phone left. “Although we are so very grateful that they are all still here with us. We would greatly appreciate any help as she will be starting all over again. Thank you for any donations made.”

The GoFundMe has so far raised more than $35,000 for the Koon family. Nearly hitting its initial $40,000 in a matter of days.