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Mother of 10 saves school children, loses home
May 22nd, 2013
04:39 PM ET

Mother of 10 saves school children, loses home

Maylene Sorrels is a single mom of 10 children, eight of whom still live with her. She is also a teacher's aide at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. As the tornado hit, Sorrels says she covered her bodies over several children and sang as loudly as she could in their ears as debris flew all around them, including a car. She stayed with the children until their parents came to pick them up, then went to the hospital to get treated for a concussion.

Sorrels' house was destroyed and she has been staying with relatives. If you could like to help Maylene Sorrels and her children, a donation page has been set up for them at fundrazr.com.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer spoke with her in an emotional interview. (Video)

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Phil, philadelphia

    Woww! It's amazing, these heroes in split second decisions throw their life on the line. This is what true human greatness is. These people need to be heralded and recognized for the great people who they are. Especially in todays time when the culture is so self centered. As a Man, who has great size....I couldn't exactly say if I would do these heroic acts these women are doing.

    May 23, 2013 at 8:17 am |
  2. Dana Anquoe

    SO happy this story is getting exposure. I grew up with Maylene and I hope that people are willing to donate at the link above. Hoping we're able to raise as much as we can to help her with rebuilding her life.

    May 23, 2013 at 12:54 am |
  3. glenn and sylvia smith

    i live in the dallas fort worth area and have a spare bedroom if maylene would like use it .

    May 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • deneete

      She has eight kids who still live at home with her...a room in Dallas TX is not going to work.... I don't think.. but sounds nice anyway. God Bless Texas...will be there in June to visit friends in Dallas and Mom in Whitney!!

      May 25, 2013 at 2:01 am |

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