Rob Parker from Ellis County saved his daughter Paizlee’s life when a tornado picked up their trailer home and threw it into the air.
“I don’t want nobody to go through what I went through,” Rob Parker said after leaving the hospital on Wednesday, according to FOX 35 Orlando. “It’s just something I had to do.”
It was late in the evening when an EF-2 tornado touched down and headed straight for their home located just south of Waxahachie, Texas. Rob said he was barely able to get his daughter wrapped in his arms before the tornado hit.
“The roof, it was shaking,” Rob said. “The roof fell in and I grabbed a blanket and I wrapped Paizlee around her head and feet and put her right here and put her head right in front of my chin and I held on to her. And the house went. Everything went.”
Their mobile home was torn to shreds and picked up into the air and flipped around until it landed 40 feet away between a truck and a tree.
“There ain’t no telling what flips we did,” he said. “But I held on to her. She didn’t hit nothing. I had her tight. I just did what was normal and natural I guess.”
When it was all over, Paizlee didn’t have a scratch on her but Rob was bleeding. Thankfully, neighbors showed up within minutes and helped him stop the bleeding until an ambulance could get there and assist. They were taken to the hospital for medical treatment and Rob is expected to make a full recovery.
“I’m just lucky to be here,” he said. “The good Lord was with me.”
As for Paizlee, she went back to school on Wednesday and is telling her friends all about what happened. They both plan to stay with family members until they can get a new home to live in.