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6-year-old girl is thrown from her home into a tree as a tornado hits Texas Town


A 6-year-old girl was found unconscious hanging upside down from a tree after a tornado ripped through her family’s home in Texas.

Miriam Rios was injured along with the rest of her family after the EF-3 tornado hit the town of Salado on Tuesday.

The Rios family were inside their mobile home when 165 mph winds ripped through it, completely destroying the structure and sending them each flying, KWTX reported Thursday.

Miriam Rios was in critical condition after being found hanging from the tree after being tossed by the tornado.

(File photo) Deann Fraser, 51, checks out his tornado damaged home on March 22, 2022 in Round Rock, Texas. A 6-year-old girl was injured after being thrown into a tree when a tornado hit the Texas town of Salado.
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Miriam’s little brother, Ezra, was also found in a nearby field after the tornado, but suffered only minor injuries after being ejected from the trailer.

The children’s uncle, Stephen Perez, said the family initially tried to get away from the tornado before retreating to the mobile home due to heavy hail.

“[Their mom] remembers waking up, rolling over on her side and seeing her daughter in a tree and she couldn’t get up or do anything. She just rolled over and cried,” Perez told KWTX.

The mother, Vanessa Perez, who was pregnant at the time, lost her baby due to the injuries she sustained. Father Joel Rios was also tossed by the tornado and suffered serious injuries.

The Rios also saw their house completely turned into rubble, along with all of their belongings as well.

“It’s just the foundation that’s left. There’s absolutely nothing there,” Perez said. “And [my sister] was really proud of this house.”

Perez has since set up a GoFundMe for the family so they can rebuild their lives. At press time, the fundraiser has attracted over $39,000 in donations.

“With the family being home while the tornado [was] taking away everything they worked so desperately for; they manage to cling to each other,” Perez wrote on the description page.

Newsweek contacted Perez.

Naomi Benavides, sister of Vanessa Perez, also described the destruction the tornado caused to the family’s mobile home.

“There’s nothing left,” Benavides told the Austin American Statesman. “Everything has been shattered.”

The Rios family were among 23 people injured in the tornado, including 12 requiring hospital treatment, Bell County Judge David Blackburn confirmed.

Blackburn said the winds also damaged 63 buildings and 106 homes.

“I think the damage, while extensive, certainly could have been worse,” Blackburn said. “There are going to be many, many more cleaning days to follow. So this is just the start of a long time.”


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