Tornado Mom Heads Home

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 9:57am

Mother who lost her legs shielding kids from tornado is going home to a rebuilt house.

Construction crews put the finishing touches on a temporary home for Stephanie Decker and her family.

Stephanie Decker's legs were amputated after she used her body to shield her children during a tornado outbreak on March 2nd.

The temporary home is a two-story residence the family owned and rented to tenants before the storms.

They're moving back into the house after a tornado leveled their Henryville, Indiana home.

Their tenants agreed to move out and find another place to live.

"It made a huge difference for us because our kids are familiar with this place. It's still kind of home to them. They remember this house," Joe Decker said.

Decker is also a Silver Creek High School baseball coach and his team pitched in to help over the weekend as the family prepares to move in.

"The whole thing has just been incredible. The community support has been pretty much overwhelming," Decker said.

Renovations and improvements are also underway.

Construction crews are building a first-level master bedroom and bathroom addition.

All of the rooms are on the first level, so the family is expanding the home to accommodate Stephanie.

"The addition is essential for Steph to be able to function in this house," Decker said.

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