Nurse helps protect pregnant woman during Okla. tornado

Published On: May 28 2013 07:11:38 AM HST
MOORE, Okla. -

A nurse who is originally from the Kansas City area was part of a team that protected a woman in labor as Monday's EF5 tornado struck the hospital in Moore, Okla.

Alyson Heeke, who used to live in Kansas City, Kan., and still has family there, was part of a team that was working at Moore Medical Center when the tornado struck.

Shayla Taylor said she was in the hospital giving birth to her son when the tornado closed in. The storm ripped the walls off the room where she had sought shelter.

"I opened my eyes and I could see Interstate 35. And I could see through the movie theater," Taylor said.

"It started just sounding like loud hail and then suddenly, it became louder and louder and you could feel the wind," Heeke said. "Our ears popped and we just hunkered down and covered the patient and basically held hands. The three of us in the room at the moment, we were all just praying and holding onto each other."

She said the minutes felt like hours.

"There was an OR door that blew open, and the wall on the back side blew out," Heeke said.

Moments after the tornado passed, crews got Taylor to another hospital, where her son was born. Hospital officials said they were worried the building might collapse.

Taylor said she's grateful for the people who helped her.

"To actually see them do it, and to be more concerned about me than them, I know that they're definitely doing the job they were called to do," Taylor said.

There were about 300 people inside the hospital when the tornado struck. Everyone there survived.


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