Tuesday 21 May 2013
Amid the devastation wrought by a tornado in the suburbs of Oklahoma City survivors are clinging to any glimmers of hope as they prepare to rebuild their shattered lives.
|Watch the video with extended coverage of the dog's rescue|
One such ray was provided by and for elderly Moore resident Barbara Garcia, who found her dog buried alive under the rubble of her home during a live TV interview.
Mrs Garcia was describing lying under the wreckage of her home and calling out for her dog but receiving no answer when CBS news presenter Anna Werner spotted movement underneath a pile of debris.
‘Bless your little-bitty heart,’ Mrs Garcia says as the shaken but otherwise unhurt dog emerges into the daylight.
‘Well I thought God had just answered one prayer to let me be OK, but he answered both of them, because this was my second prayer.’
Such stories are sadly rare in Moore, where rows upon rows of houses have been levelled and a primary-age school took a direct hit from the tornado.
At least 91 people have been killed as a result of the twister, while US president Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency.
Video with extended coverage of the dog's rescue: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50147264n
Follow-up at http://perezhilton.com/teddyhilton/2013-05-29-oklahoma-tornado-survivor-reunited-with-lost-dog-live-tv-needs-help-fund-raiser#.Uac7z7G9KSM