VIDEO: Elderly woman reunited with missing dog in tornado rubble during heartwarming TV interview
As Oklahoma reels from a devastating tornado that claimed dozens of lives, one woman who lost her home experienced a moment of hope amid the destruction in her neighborhood.
Barbara Garcia was being interviewed by CBS as she described the moment the tornado hit her home, destroying it.
“I was sitting on the stool holding my dog,” she said. “This was the game plan all through the years, to go in that little bathroom. I rolled around a little bit and when it stopped I was right there (and) that stove cooker is what I saw.”
“I never lost consciousness and I hollered for my little dog and he didn’t answer, he didn’t come, so I know he’s in here somewhere,” she added as she looked around the flattened rubble.
Suddenly, the reporter exclaims, “The dog!”
The camera zooms in to show a small dog’s face poking out from underneath sheets of metal and wreckage, perhaps stirred by the sound of its owner’s voice. Garcia is overwhelmed with emotion as she desperately tries to remove the debris and free her beloved pet.
“Well, I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be OK, but he answered both of them,” she said.
Rescuers are still searching for survivors the Oklahoma City suburb that was flattened by Monday’s tornado.