"We told them to get down," she said. "There weren't any lights on … and they were all scared. I held my arm -- my arm over the ones next to me … and I looked up at the door and I put my head down and it just -- hit."
Rescuers found her under the rubble, with one of the
third-grade students she tried to protect buried beside her.
Doan never lost consciousness but was transported without knowing what happened to her students or fellow teachers. She later learned that seven of her 20 students died.
Doan was eight weeks pregnant when the tornado struck. She was certain she'd lost the baby, but doctors found a heartbeat.
"I was so relieved in that moment, because for hours
before that, I thought I had lost him, too," she told KWTV.
"He had a humongous smile," she said of the student who was killed in the tornado.
His death has been very hard on her.
"He was the closest one to me that I actually had my hand on who didn't make it," she said.
But little Jack's name is even more special than Doan first thought. A friend pointed out that the baby's name actually is a tribute to all the children who lost their lives: "J" for Janae Hornsby; Sydney Angle makes the "A"; "C" comes from Antonia Candelaria, Emily Conatzer and Christopher Legg; "K" is for Kyle Davis.
"All of those kids, they were just so -- they carried a big piece of me with them, and they are a big piece of me, and I think they're a big piece of Jack, too, because he was down in there with me," Doan said.
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