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7 Incredible Survivor Stories From The Midwest Tornado

First Posted: 03/ 6/2012 1:31 pm   Updated: 03/ 6/2012 1:32 pm

The deadly tornadoes that swept across the South and Midwest last week left 39 dead and thousands homeless. Towns were demolished and families were ripped apart.

As victims of the massive storms begin to piece their lives and homes back together, inspiring stories of survival and heroism have begun to emerge -- stories of hope, love, unshakeable courage, and pure luck.

From the mother who lost her legs to save her children to the 7-year-old boy who was sucked up by a twister but lived to tell the tale, these are the stories that give us hope in this time of deep tragedy. Take a look.

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Feeling the monster tornado begin to suck her house into its vortex, 37-year-old Stephanie Decker was determined to keep her two young children safe.

The Henryville, Ind. woman used her body to shield her son Dominic, 8, and daughter Reese, 5, as their house began to fall apart.

Her children emerged unscathed. Decker, who was crushed under an avalanche of debris, lost both her legs.

"I knew my leg was barely attached or it was severed. If I didn't get help soon, I was going to bleed out," Decker told ABC News on Monday from her hospital bed in Louisville, Ky.

As ABC reports, Decker's legs were amputated late Friday -- one just below the knee, the other just above it.

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