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Recording Of Man Saving Baby Goes Viral (Video)

| by Sarah Zimmerman

A video of a man saving an infant from a flipped car has gone viral (video below). 

At least four tornadoes touched down in East Texas on April 29, killing four and injuring at least 50, reports WFAA.

Just after the storm, Tom Mitchell decided to help the already over-burdened emergency response workers. He got into his car and began driving around the area, looking for anyone that may need his help.

He came across a flipped truck and, after checking it, found a father, toddler and infant inside. The area was completely flooded, and rushing water prevented Mitchell from being able to pry the door open.

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Mitchell began filming the situation, and the cellphone recording shows five or six people on scene working to free the family. Eventually, they're able to free the infant, but, as Mitchell immediately noticed, she was limp and not breathing. He put his phone in his pocket and sprung into action.

"The infant is white, going bluish gray," he said. "No color at all and the eyes were not focused when I looked down at her."

Mitchell immediately began performing CPR.

"This baby is gonna die if we don’t start CPR fast," he said. "Having a negative feeling coming over me. This baby may not make it, this baby may not make it. No reaction, nothing is happening."

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A woman standing over Mitchell's shoulder began praying.

"Dear Jesus, please let this baby breathe," she said. "Dear Jesus, please let this baby breathe."

Mitchell said that after the "first prayer," he began feeling a response in the infant. He was able to revive the baby as well as the toddler. The children's father posted on social media that the infant, Addy, is in stable condition and improving.

"Update on addy bug, she is stable and doing much better," he wrote on social media. "Still under sedation but pulling the breathing tube in the morning to see if she can do it on her own."

Mitchell says the rescue shows the power of community in face of a crisis.

“I think it shows how the community and strangers all come together," he said.

The full scope of the damage in Texas is still unknown, according to NBC News. Power is completely knocked out in affected areas and there are reports that homes and buildings have been completely destroyed.

"You saw homes and other buildings that were incompletely flattened, as well as others that were nothing more than rubble," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

The tornadoes in Texas were part of a larger series of storms that hit large parts of the South and Midwest. Flash flood warnings were in place from eastern Oklahoma to western Kentucky as well as some areas in Illinois.

Floodwater and high winds swept away cars and trees and there are already numerous reports of storm-related deaths in multiple states.

Abbott said he saw "large swath after large swath of devastation" and is asking for monetary donations from the rest of the country to help those affected.

Sources: WFAA, NBC News / Photo credit: johndal/Flickr

 

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