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Robertson County Tornado Victim Speaks Out

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A mother trapped under debris when a tree fell on her home has spoken out about the tragedy.

"If just one small detail about that night was off, that I wouldn't have been here for my kids and that's the worst part about it, but I am so grateful," said Rebecca Roberts.

To understand what a pictures of a mother in a hospital bed with her family means, is to know their journey the past seven days.

"From one angle of the house it looked like a pancake and I'm really, really shocked that I'm the only one that got hurt," said Roberts referring to the family Robertson County home after the storm.

What happened at their Robertson County home on an early January 30th morning, has kept Rebecca Roberts in the hospital for a week.

"While I was sitting there fixing his bottle, I felt water dripping on me and I looked up and there was a hole in the ceiling about the size of a basketball," said Roberts.

Rebecca says she was preparing a bottle in the kitchen for her 7-month-old son, when she felt it was time for the family to leave.

She says she was walking down the hall, the tree fell, trapping her and she could only hear her fiancé Michael's voice, "'babe stay with us, just talk to me- just talk to me,' and I kept telling him, ‘I can't talk it hurts.'"

With a punctured lung, two broken legs, a fractured rib and minor spin injury; Rebecca says that being able to see her kids and hold her fiancé's hand is a blessing.

"If I would have just stayed there to fix the bottle and ignored the hole, I wouldn't be here today," said Roberts.

Tuesday was the first time Rebecca was able to see her children 5-year-old Kylee and 7-month-old Kaiden.

"That's the most important thing; that I am here for my kids," said Roberts.

The next surgery for Rebecca is scheduled for Monday to her left leg.

Doctors say it will take about 10 weeks before she will be able to starting attempting to walk again.

Rebecca says she hopes to try sooner than that with the help of her fiancé who has been an amazing partner and father during this challenging time.

A fund to help the family during this difficult time has been set up. If you'd like to help you can make donations to the "Rebecca Roberts Storm Victim Fund" at Farmers Bank in Sumner and Robertson Counties.

 

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