Oklahoma TornadoAs the search and rescue efforts come to an end, and the death toll from the Oklahoma tornado continues to change, the heartbreaking individual stories of the victims are being told. Among the most heart-wrenching is that of Megan Futrell and her 5-month-old baby.

According to The Daily Mail, the 29-year-old mother and junior high school teacher was desperate to reach her other son, 6-year-old Cody, when the weather started getting bad. Like many of us would have done -- or wanted to do -- she set out to get him, to be with him, to protect him. Unfortunately, she never made it.

After speaking on the phone with her husband just "seconds before it happened" she knew she needed to divert and seek shelter. She went into a 7-11 where she and her baby went into the store's freezer, hoping and praying that they would make it out alive. The store was completely leveled, however, and she and her baby were killed. According to the Daily Mail, their bodies were found huddled together.

Now her husband and young son are left behind to try and navigate life without them. Their family was forever changed in an instant, and you have to wonder how they will go on. How so many affected by this terrible tragedy will go on?

As for those who may criticize her for going out in the storm, Pastor DA Bennett told the paper:

I hope that when people think of her they don’t think that she was reckless or some kind of thrill seeker. She was a mother who loved her baby and wanted to do what she could to protect that child.

None of us knows what we'd do in a similar situation, no matter how much we think might. Futrell was a mother doing what she thought was best for her children in a terrifying situation, which is all any of us can do. Unfortunately, it's just not always enough.

Do you think this woman was reckless in trying to reach her son?


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