As he lay among the storm-tossed debris — furniture, toys and other household items — the rescuers initially believed 11-month-old Keyson Stowell to be a doll. According to the AP:
Then he moved.
“We grabbed hold of his neck (to take a pulse) and he took a breath of air and started crying,” said David Harmon, a firefighter from a nearby county who was combing the field for tornado victims.
The boy was found at least 100 yards away from where his family’s house had been, possibly lifted by the storm’s fierce winds, according to witnesses at the scene on Thursday. There was no trace of exactly where the house stood. His mother, who did not survive, was found in the same field.
There are a thousand stories of grief and loss, of near misses and heart-break with relation to the freak system of tornadoes that crossed Tennessee in recent days. From this miracle boy, to Union University’s miracle students whose dorms collapsed around them, to the numerous members of the YMX community — like Brian and his wife and newborn — who came through the storms across the south by God’s abundant grace.