Every once in a while a story comes along that it both horrific and inspiring. The story of Heather Town, 32, is one such story. Heather’s 3-year-old girl Anne Marie was found alive in her arms after a tornado lifted her home off its foundation and threw her hundreds of feet. Heather held the child safely to the very end and was found alive and cradling her child by rescuers. After the child was pulled from her arms, Heather died.
The little girl suffered a broken pelvis and broken ribs. Both the mother and child were found covered in debris and barbed wire.
Anne Marie is currently in stable condition at Tampa General Hospital.
The loss of Heather (shown left) for Anne Marie will no doubt be a terrible loss as she grows up. However, she will also have a story of a mother who died in an act of absolute maternal love for her child. Fortunately, Anne Marie has an extended family to watch over her now.
This article includes pictures of this extraordinary person. In a time with few genuine heroes, she has given us all something to think about. While tornadoes deal out destruction with a crushing randomness, this was a death with meaning for us all.
Kudos: S. Vernon