Tornado survivor finds dog during tv interview
An elderly woman whose home was completely destroyed during the devastating Oklahoma tornado was doing a live interview on television when she heard a sound and found her dog, named Bowser, amongst the rubble. She had originally believed that the dog must have died during the storm.
Barbara Garcia was giving an interview about how the tornado tore through the town and how she had lost everything including her dog. During the interview she was positioned directly in the wreckage of her own home surrounded by her damaged possessions and twisted wire. While being interviewed she said:
"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 (together). 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."
After a moment, one of the TV crew became alerted to the dog, just a glimpse of something beneath some rubble. After further inspection and moving the sheet of metal that was trapping it. Then at this point that it was identified as Mrs Garcia’s own pet dog. Mrs Garcia is then seen with tears as she digs her dog out of the rubble and considers to be what happened a miracle.
"Well I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be OK but he answered both of them,"
Already support is pouring in for Mr Garcia and Bowser with well-wishers raising $21,000 for her. She says that everything can be replaced except her dog.
You can see the video of the television interview where she found her dog below.
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