OKLAHOMA CITY — “I get to go home today.”
Words Edith Morales thought she would never say. She was buried alive when the Moore tornado destroyed the 7-Eleven she took shelter in. Rescuers pulled her out from under the debris, a tomb for three who did not make it.
Her injuries were critical: a severed spinal cord, splintered vertebrae, collapsed lungs, crushed bones in her hands and face. Doctors say she will never walk again but she will be able to continue her recovery at home. Her sister Janet and her daughter Christina are praising God for that.
“She`s so excited and happy to have this day here . We`ve waited for a long time 125 days and we weren`t sure that it was going to come and now it`s here. Thank you God, Thank you Jesus, Thank you God. Yes,” says Janet.
She’s not going away empty-handed. Edith is taking stacks of get-well cards sent from all over the world. She says during the darkest times, these cards meant the world to her.
“My room’s not big enough at home to hang them all up. I’m going to put them into a book,” says Edith.
Her journey is not over, though. Once she’s strong enough, she’ll be back for more rehab and more surgery. But for now, the only thing she cares about is the excitement of loading up and the hugs and tears as she says goodbye – for now – to the people who helped her live.
“Thank you for taking care of me and getting me to the point where I can say, ‘I will talk to you later and I am going home,’” says Edith.