The human spirit is hard to break. Though natural disasters take lives and threaten everything, stories of survival inspire others to look for good amid tragedy.
Here are five incredible survival stories following natural disasters:
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• Rosezina Jefferson was staying with her best friend days before her baby’s due date in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Jefferson went into labor as flood waters reached the second floor of the apartment. Stepping onto a fire escape, she went into the murky waters and swam two blocks to reach a hospital. Her 5-year-old son, left in the care of her friend, Monique Moses, had screamed, “Mama! Come back!” as she swam off, Jefferson told People
. Jefferson was rescued and brought to the hospital, where she gave birth to a baby boy on Aug. 31. For three days, she had no idea if her son was alive, but finally she learned he was safe in a nearby shelter and the family was soon reunited.
• Swept from her parents’ arms, a 4-month-old baby was thought dead after a tidal wave struck during the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The grieving parents remained in their wrecked house. Three days later, soldiers recovering bodies heard the cries of a baby and rescued her after removing piles of debris. The baby was reunited with her parents, who still don’t know how she survived the waters.
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• Amy Crago’s 10-month-old daughter was ripped from her arms during a tornado outbreak in Oklahoma in 1999. Her daughter was sucked out the window of her house, which was demolished from the natural disaster. Amy was rushed to the hospital, begging sheriff’s deputies to find her baby. Incredibly, the child was found, alive and unharmed, in mud about 100 feet from the house.
• High school senior Matt Suter was in his grandmother’s mobile home and trying to close windows when a windstorm struck Fordland, Missouri, in 2006. He was struck on the head by a lamp and lay unconscious as a tornado tore through. Suter was sucked out of a window by the tornado, landing some 1,200 feet away from the home. He survived with minor injuries to his head.
• Evans Monsignac survived a stunning 27 days trapped in rubble following an earthquake in Haiti in 2010. He was delusional when someone came across him while working through the ruins. The father of two was brought to a Florida hospital for treatment, saying he survived by sipping sewage underneath the rubble. His family was overjoyed when the Sunday Telegraph located them
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