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Young Tornado Victim Goes Home

Cory Noble holding his son, Kyson Cory Noble holding his son, Kyson
Kyson Stowell Kyson Stowell
Douglas Stowell Douglas Stowell
Karl Wegener Karl Wegener

CASTALIAN SPRINGS, Tenn. - Rescuers found an 11-month-old boy beside debris left in the wake of Tuesday night's tornado.

Kyson Stowell's 23-year-old mother Kerri Stowell died in the series of storms that swept across Tennessee.

She was one of 33 people who died across the state.

Describing the search and rescue mission through debris, upturned dirt and fallen trees, Karl "Bull" Wegener said, "You can't an idea of how it was searching. It was like walking through pea soup."

"We had no clue there was a child out there," Wegener said.

Kyson survived being thrown 100 yards of his home in Castalian Springs the night of the storms.

"When we did get through to her phone, something was wrong," said Douglas Stowell, Kerri Stowell's father.

Her parents, just four miles away, rushed over and found an empty lot.

EMS crews searched the field for a second time and saw a stroller.

They found Kyson fighting for his life, on the verge of hypothermia.

"No one can deny it. I don't care who you are," Wegener said. "You can't deny God had a hand in that child being alive. God had a reason and a purpose for him to be alive today."

"It's pretty rare to find someone alive after something this catastrophic, especially that age, who's been down for so long," said Melissa Riley of Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.

He was taken to Nashville's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

"He's just a miracle," said his grandfather Douglas Stowell. "Luck. God watching over him. That's all it can be."

He arrived at the hospital Wednesday morning. He was treated for a collapsed lung.

Doctors said he has scratches and a few bruises. His most serious injury was corrected by filling the lung with oxygen.

"He looked good. You couldn't even tell he was scraped up," Stowell said. "He had mud and grass all over him. Eyes open.  Wasn't crying.  He looked great, actually."

Kyson will live with his grandparents in Castalian Springs. In just days, he will celebrate his first birthday.

The family has set up a fund for the child.

"He loved his mama and she loved him," Stowell said.

Donations can be made to the Kyson Miles Stowell Trust at any SunTrust Bank branch or by calling 340-0249.  

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