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Pregnant woman rescued from hospital

March 8, 2007

Richland - - A newborn baby in South Georgia will have quite a story to tell about his birth when he grows up.  His mom was in the Sumter Regional Hospital waiting to give birth last Thursday when the hospital took a direct hit from a tornado. She was evacuated along with dozens of other patients.

Now, she's back home with her healthy baby boy. Even though it's been a week, April Morton remembers it like yesterday. "It was horrifying."

She checked into Sumter Regional Hospital Wednesday afternoon. Not knowing the next night, she and her unborn baby would witness a tornado.

"I had to jump off the bed and I was still hooked up to my IV chords so my boyfriend had to run around to the other side of the bed and the wind and the stuff was coming inside the window and he had to unhook me from the IV chords."

She and other pregnant women on her floor were getting emotional.

"It was one girl, she was crouched down she was like God please help us, please don't let us die and her baby was actually in her arms."

It made her think about her soon to be born child as she witnessed devastation.

"I was looking and the roof had caved in and the pipes were all over the floor and it was horrifying, it was flooded."

She had to take for cover. Crouching down to the ground, hidden by the bathroom wall as debris flew in and out of the room.

"I didn't know what to think, I didn't know what to do. I just wanted to be alive that's all."

Soon the storm would end.

"It came and it just went as fast as it came. It was just horrifying. I thought I was going to die."

But she didn't. She was transported to Phoebe Hospital. Three days later, she gave birth to Pac Frank. He's her miracle baby.

"Just to see them women with those babies in their arms knowing we could all been dead."

She's thankful they survived the storm.

Morton was staying on the top level of Sumter Regional Hospital. She says eight other women were with her.

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