Man rescues 88-year-old mother after Loxahatchee tornado

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LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - Tim Kepler shook his head in disbelief. "It was just complete devastation," he said while standing on his Loxahatchee property.

A tornado ripped through his neighborhood. His home on 76th Road North took a direct hit. "A large oak tree twisted up like popsicle sticks," he said.

Underneath all the debris, was his mother's home next door. The 88-year-old woman was home alone and had to hold on as the tornado barreled through her bedroom.

"She was here in bed, blown off the bed and landed here on the floor," said Kepler.

The winds were strong enough to toss the woman from her bed. Kepler says the impact was powerful enough that both of his mother's legs broke. He says he could hear his mother calling out from inside but trees and other debris kept him from getting to her. "I came outside the backyard and I was just yelling, 'Mom, are you ok?' " 

Kepler's called 911 as his wife, who is a registered nurse, was able to squeeze her body through the broken window of the front door. 

The 88-year-old was rushed to the hospital where she went through hours of surgery. Kepler says he mother is strong-willed and will hopefully recover from her injuries.

"It's always somebody else. It's always them," he said. "Well, today it's us, " said Kepler.">


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