On Saturday, East Texas was hit by massive storms and deadly tornados that left four people dead and over 50 more injured. Ten miles north of Canton, a group of brave good samaritans came to the rescue of a family in an overturned vehicle that was caught in a heavy stream of storm water. Tom Mitchell, one of the individuals who arrived at the scene, recorded a video of the incredible rescue mission that involved a group of heroic strangers rescuing a 2-year-old toddler and an infant.
Mitchell told WFAA that as the storms began to fade he felt compelled to take action, and began to drive to see if there was anyone who needed help. That’s when he came upon the scene of the overturned truck near Myrtle Springs with a father, toddler and infant trapped inside.
WFAA asked Mitchell how fast the water flowing past the car was moving.
“Fast enough that they can’t get the doors open,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell caught the entire incident on video, which included a group of heroes doing all they could to get the car open and removing the infant and toddler.
Mitchell described the infant as “white going blueish-gray” and knew CPR had to be performed immediately.
“This baby is gonna die if we don’t start CPR fast,” Mitchell said. “Having a negative feeling coming over me. This baby may not make it, this baby may not make it. No reaction, nothing is happening.”
A woman can be heard on the video praying wildly over Mitchell’s shoulder.
“Dear Jesus, please let this baby breathe,” she can be heard saying. “Dear Jesus, please let this baby breathe.”
“Well the first prayer she said, I felt a response in that child,” Mitchell said to WFAA.
The father of the children said he and the infant were doing much better. He also reported that the toddler was still under sedation but they were pulling the breathing tube to see if she could breathe on her own.
“I think it shows how the community and strangers all come together,” Mitchell told WFAA.
Watch the extraordinary rescue by heroic strangers below: