Woman paralyzed during tornado shares bond with Ind. mother

Woman paralyzed during tornado shares bond with Ind. mother (Image 1)

A Hendersonville woman can relate to the Indiana mother who recently shielded her children from a deadly tornado.

Amy Hawkins was paralyzed while covering her children when a tornado hit their home in 2006.

Indiana mother, Stephanie Decker, lost both legs while protecting her children when a tornado leveled her home last Friday.

“You could have attached my name to that story because it read a lot like mine,” said Hawkins.

According to Hawkins, she protected her children during the natural disaster as she believes any mother would do.

“You put your life on the line for your children. And I believe from the moment you know you want to have children, you're going to do that, you're going to do whatever you can to protect those children,” she explained.

Hawkins said she would love to travel to Decker's home in Indiana to offer encouragement and tell her story.

“I want to meet her, and you know just talk to her and find out if there's anything I can do [or] say to help her,” she said.

Decker said earlier this week she didn't consider herself a hero, just a mom.

“You're an amazing woman. You've done the same thing I did many years ago and your children will think you're a hero. Although you may not think you're a hero, you are in their eyes,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins' and her family were the recipients of a new home built by ABC's
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition following the tornado that destroyed
their home.

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