02/02/2013 02:13 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2013

Zane McFarland, 2-Year-Old, Shielded From Tornado By Great-Grandma Betty Stewart (VIDEO)

One great-grandma isn't going to let a little thing like a tornado hurt her great-grandson.

On Wednesday, a powerful twister hit Gordon County, Ga., injuring eight people, including 2-year-old Zane McFarland. According to NBC 11, the toddler's injuries could have been more serious if not for his heroic great-grandmother, 79-year-old Betty Stewart.

"She fought a tornado, and she won," said Stewart's nephew, Kenneth Hayes.

As the storm approached, Stewart covered her great-grandson in a quilt and shielded his body with her own, Hayes told WSB. Moments later, the home rose from its foundation, took flight and smashed against two trees.

Meanwhile, Stewart and the boy were also airborne. According to Fox 5, a paramedic found them while clearing debris on Highway 53.

Both received treatment at Chattanooga hospitals, NBC 11 reported. On Thursday, Zane smiled in spite of his broken leg, which requires a cast from his ribs to his knees.

"He's a miracle baby," Daren McFarland, Zane's father, told Fox 5. "He was born two months early and he fought through that and now he's fighting through this."

Stewart remained in critical condition Thursday, but is expected to survive. Before entering surgery, she asked repeatedly for updates on her grandson, Hayes told WSB.



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