The mother of a baby born with an abnormality in his heart is hoping to make a miraculous recovery after a massive tornado ripped through her South Carolina apartment.
A tornado ripped off the roof of a home in Pascagoula, South Carolina, and damaged the building that housed the newborn baby’s parents.
Pascagouans Mayor Jimmie Jones said a tornado ripped the roof off the home of a mother of two and damaged several other buildings.
Jones told ABC affiliate WBTV that the mother of the baby has been hospitalized and is expected to survive.
She said she was sleeping on the floor of her apartment when the tornado tore the roof.
“It just blew my heart out, and I just couldn’t believe it,” Jones said.
“It took the life of my baby.”
The storm destroyed a nearby grocery store and knocked out power to more than 3,000 people.
Residents are staying in hotel rooms to help people who lost their homes and were unable to return home, Jones said, and they are making sure people with medical issues are kept safe.
At least 11 people were killed and more than 1,000 others were hurt.
ABC News’ Katie D’Emilio contributed to this report.