Infant Ayden Robinson Survives Being Pulled from Cousin's Hands During Tornado
When the tornado struck Dunn, North Carolina, Ayden was in a mobile home belonging to his great-aunt, Pearlie Robinson.
"Glass started shattering, the trailer started moving and we just got to one end that we thought was safe enough, and the trailer just came down on us," Pearlie Robinson told the source.
Right before the tornado hit the trailer, Jonathan Robinson - Pearlie's son - grabbed Ayden and tried to take him into a closet for safety. As the winds whipped around the mobile home, however, Ayden was torn from Jonathan's hands.
"I just had to find him," said Jonathan. "That was the only thing I could think of."
Once the tornado had passed, the Robinson family began searching for the lost infant. They soon found him beneath a closet door, and although he was covered with dirt, he had escaped his ordeal without a scratch. Family member Teneka Robinson added that he was crying, which they took as a good sign.
"My baby's not supposed to be here right now," Ceira Robinson, Ayden's mother, told the source.
"Just the grace of God," added Jonathan.
According to statistics compiled by the federal government, 124 people in the United States were killed by tornadoes in 2008.
People caught in a tornado can protect themselves by seeking shelter in a sturdy building or by lying face-down on low ground.
The Trauma Resource Institute offers support for people looking for ways to thrive in the aftermath of a tornado or other traumatic event.