A 2-month-old girl who died Monday is one of the youngest victims of the highly destructive Kentucky tornadoes — which wipe out her family’s home two days ago.
Oaklynn Koon surrendered to her injuries Monday morning, her heartbroken parents, Douglas and Jackie, disclosed in a Facebook post.
“At least I know who will be watching over you up there for me. My dad,” Douglas wrote in a post showing his daughter’s tiny hand in his. “God this doesn’t seem real.”
Her family established her death exactly soon before Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear released official death toll numbers for the state.
Not less than 74 people are dead and more than 100 still missing in Kentucky following fatal tornadoes which ravaged the area, a shaken Beshear said Monday.
It wasn’t at once clear if the official toll was inclusive of Oaklynn’s death.
Oaklynn had spent two days in the hospital following the deadly tornado which tore through her hometown of Dawson Springs late Friday.
Her family said the baby girl encountered several seizures in the hospital and doctors were of the opinion she may have had a stroke.
“It’s not looking good guys at all. The machines are keeping her alive. Her head swelled really bad. She doesn’t have activity,”
her parents said exactly hours before establishing her death.
“I’m in shock, my heart feels absolutely shattered. We love you Oakie.”
Oaklynn, who had been strapped into her car seat, was nestle closely in a bathroom with her parents and brothers when the twister struck.
The family was sent “flying” from the force of the grave tornado and ended up at a neighbor’s home, her parents said.
Oaklynn was admitted to hospital for treatment next to her older brother Dallas, who was attended to and thereafter discharged on Sunday.
The family’s home was utterly wiped out by the tornado, as revealed by the photos posted on social media. Children’s toys could be been scattered in the middle of the debris.
The mayor of Dawson Springs, Chris Smiley approximated on Sunday that 75 percent of their small town was wiped out by the tornado.
“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen,”
Smiley told CNN.
“It’s just devastating.”
Not less than 14 are dead and over 100 people are still missing in Dawson Springs only, as stated by officials.
Kentucky was the worst-hit by a great amount in the cluster of twisters that struck across a number of Midwest states Friday night.
Dallas Koon was also injured in the storm.
Authorities are still making effort to find out the total number of dead, and the storms made door-to-door searches difficult in some places.
“There are no doors,”
Beshear said earlier.
“We’re going to have over 1,000 homes that are gone, just gone.”