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Two Babies Survive Kentucky Tornado in Bathtub Ripped From Home

by Victoria Santiago
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Another miraculous story has come out of the catastrophic tornadoes Kentucky faced earlier this month. Two babies sheltering in a bathtub were found safe after the house was destroyed.

Their grandmother, Clara Lutz, spoke to WFIE-TV about the incident. She detailed how she put the two babies, Kaden, 15 months, and Dallas, 3 months, in the tub. Then, she cushioned them with a blanket and pillow. She also put a Bible in the tub with them. Soon after, the house started to shake. Lutz stated, “Next thing I knew, the tub had lifted and it was out of my hands. I couldn’t hold on. I just – oh my God.”

During the tornado, Lutz was hit in the head with the water tank from the tub. The house had been stripped away from the foundation up. After things settled down she began looking for the babies amidst the wreckage, before finding the tub in the yard.

The tub was upside down. Thankfully, the babies were underneath the tub and alive. Officers from the Sheriff’s Office came to help reunite the babies with their grandmother. The two babies were relatively fine, but Dallas had a bump on the back of his head. He ended up having to go to Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville because his brain was bleeding. It wasn’t severe, though, and had stopped by the time his grandmother got to the hospital. The babies’ parents live on the other end of the county. Their home was essentially unharmed by the tornado.

All Tornado Victims Are Officially Accounted For

It’s been a little over a week since the devastating tornadoes that rocked Kentucky and surrounding states. Thankfully, we have a little bit of good news to share.

Over the weekend, Kentucky’s governor, Andy Beshear, announced that everyone missing from the tornadoes has been accounted for. Even though the number of deaths has remained constant, and everyone missing has been found, death tolls may still rise. 92 people total have died from the tornadoes in Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Mississippi, and Missouri. Kentucky’s death toll is the highest, with the current number being 75. Beshear is hoping that the number will remain low, although many people are still in the hospital with injuries. He stated, “My prayer is that I can tell you tomorrow, the next day, or whenever. I can tell you that number is 75.”

Those looking to support tornado victims still have their chance. There are multiple charities and donating sites set up. So far, the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund has gotten $18.39 million in donations. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has offered help to six additional counties in Kentucky. Relief benefits for funerals have been increased, as well.