SEDGEWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) – A Kansas man pulled his wife to safety after a tornado leveled their home, trapping her under a pile of rubble.
James Moore is still in shock after experiencing his worst nightmare on April 28 when a tornado hit Sedgewick County, Kansas. He and his 37-year-old wife, Kathy Moore, lived in one of the first homes hit by the tornado.
“The lights went out, and two seconds later my house toppled and spun and was totally demolished,” James Moore said. “When you’re in a house full of heavy objects and you fall with them, it’s pretty hard to tell what hit you.”
After digging himself out of a pile of rubble, James Moore had only one thing in mind: to find his wife.
“I started looking around, calling my wife’s name, and I kept calling her,” he said.
For a moment, time stood still. She didn’t answer.
“Finally I was screaming it, then I heard her crying,” he said.
James Moore found his wife trapped under a pile of rubble and a giant piece of the roof fell on her. She was crying in pain but alive.
That’s when he says a miracle happened.
“I started taking it away from her. … Normally I don’t have the muscles for that kind of stuff,” he said.
James Moore is disabled and says he should never have had the strength to get his wife out. But once she was in his arms, nothing else mattered.
“When I found her, we sat there and hugged, and I told her I loved her. She said she loved me. arrival of EMS,” he said.
Kathy Moore suffered a broken back and a head injury, but will be fine. She was recently released from the intensive care unit and will spend two to four weeks in an assisted living facility while completing physical therapy.
James Moore was left with deep cuts to his arm and a torn ligament while lifting the roof off her.
Their home was destroyed by the tornado, and he says he doesn’t even know where to start as he tries to save everything he can. But he’s grateful to still have what will always matter most: his wife and his best friend.
The family set up a GoFundMe to help cover their medical and reconstruction expenses.
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