DUETTE, FL (WFLA) — The four children injured in a tornado that killed their grandparents are on the road to recovery Tuesday morning.
A new photo posted to a Go Fund Me page for the family shows the kids inside a room at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Some of the them appeared to be bandaged, but all four are smiling widely.
Early Sunday morning, the four children — two boy and two girls, all between the ages of 6 and 10 — were inside their grandparents’ mobile home on Albritton Road in Duette, when the twister tossed the building dozens of yards, splitting it into two pieces. Now all that’s left is splintered wood and twisted metal at the family’s property.
Steve Wilson was killed instantly, authorities said. His wife, Kade, died of a heart attack on the way to the hospital.
Miraculously, the grandchildren survived the tornado, huddled together, terrified as they hid in a nearby barn. Relatives say the children could be heard screaming as the winds raged around them.
According to the Go Fund Me page, one of the granddaughters has a lacerated liver; the other granddaughter has a collapsed lung and lacerated liver. The two boys were scraped up, but have been released from the hospital, a writer on the page said.
Three of the children’s father, Stephen M. Wilson, was also injured in the incident, authorities said. The fourth child is the daughter of Steven’s sister Leah.
The family now has friends and relatives guarding the property, sleeping nearby overnight so that no one sifts through the remains and memories of the Wilson family.