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Woman Nine Months Pregnant Recalls Tornado

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ROWLETT (CBS11) - Days after the tornado, Rowlett's 911 operators distinctly remember the call.

"Tornado hit a house with a woman inside that's in labor with broken water," says a dispatcher in a recording of radio traffic from December 26th.

CBS11 tracked down the still-pregnant Mayra Sole, her husband, and two young daughters.

All four were buried under the rubble of their two story home after seeking shelter in a downstairs bathroom.

Mayra remembers looking at her husband, Joaquin.

"He was fighting to keep the door closed," she said.

That's when nearly 2-year-old Leilana broke free.

"I see her just coming up in the air. I'd say 5 feet, 6 feet in the air," recalls Joaquin.

Her parents say the tornado had picked up their 26 pound toddler.

"And I grabbed her," said Joaquin.

As the storm passed, silence and fear sunk in.

"I thought Oh my God. My girls are dead," said Mayra.

Joaquin isn't sure how, but he dug himself and the two girls out.

"I said just take them, take them. Just take them to safety," said Mayra.

"That's one of the hardest situations - that you walk away with your two daughters in your hands. And you leave your wife and your unborn baby.. still trapped," said Joaquin.

Nine months pregnant, Mayra slowly freed herself.

"All of a sudden I felt this gush of water, warm water, on me. And that's when I thought my water broke," she said.

In distress, she was taken to the hospital.

"I just knew I was in pain," she said.

But as she calmed down, symptoms of labor disappeared.

"He's still in there holding tight," she said of her unborn son.

The family feels so blessed they turned down a $50 dollar gift card, offered to them by a Rowlett Fire Department chaplain.

"I want you to take this and give it to someone who needs it more than I do," Joaquin told the chaplain.

This family already has all they need.

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