Editor's Note: This story aired and was published back in May 2017.
What a rescue. It was 10 miles north of Canton, just after the tornadoes hit on a Saturday in May 2017.
Tom Mitchell felt compelled to do something, anything.
Without a plan, he started driving. After rolling up to a flipped truck near Myrtle Springs, he learned what was inside - a father, toddler and infant.
“How fast is the water moving?” asked WFAA reporter David Schechter. “It’s moving fast enough that they can’t get the doors open,” said Tom describing the scene.
Lacking the strength to be helpful, Tom shot the unbelievable cell phone video.
At one point there are five or six people in the water and then suddenly, the infant is free - but limp.
“The infant is white, going blueish grey.” Tom says.
“Oh my, no color.” Schechter reacts looking at the video.
“No color at all and the eyes were not focused when I looked down at her.” replied Tom.
That’s the moment when Tom would find his role in this incredible rescue. He puts the phone in his pocket.
“This baby is gonna die if we don’t start CPR fast,” Tom 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.”
Then a woman on scene comes over, steps over Tom’s shoulder and starts to pray.
“Dear Jesus, please let this baby breath.” she prays. “Dear Jesus, please let this baby breath. Well the first prayer she said I felt a response in that child.”
Tom and the Good Samaritans turned their attention to the toddler, who they also revived.
When asked why he felt like this story was one he had to share, Tom said: “I think it shows how the community and strangers all come together."
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