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North Texas couple survives tornado – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

By Vaseline May31,2024

In the wake of this weekend’s deadly tornadoes in North Texas, which devastated four counties and killed seven people, we’re also hearing stories of miraculous survival.

Elizabeth Gilbert, 23, and her fiancé, Zach Moore, 26, were sheltering in their Valley View home when the storm wiped it out, sending them both to intensive care with serious injuries.

After days of fighting, Gilbert was released from the hospital this afternoon.

It was a moment Gilbert said she almost couldn’t believe was possible: She was driven out of Medical City Denton by her family, five days after the Valley View tornado destroyed almost everything they had.

“To be honest, I don’t really remember everything,” Gilbert said. “It’s all kind of a blur.”

On Saturday, Gilbert and Moore took their engagement photos in Cooke County.

“I put that on a few minutes before it hit,” Gilbert said, showing NBC 5 her engagement ring.

Hours later, Gilbert woke up and Moore told her that a storm was coming and that she should hide in a closet.

“I remember sitting in that closet and the whole place tipping over,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert and Moore’s home was destroyed to its foundation, with the tornado picking it up while the couple was inside and throwing the house to the other side of the street.

The two were found in the wreckage: Gilbert with serious head injuries and Moore with spinal cord damage.

They were rushed to the ICU, where Gilbert had to have her head injuries stitched up and Moore had to undergo emergency surgery on his spine.

At the hospital, Gilbert remembered seeing her family and going in and out of consciousness.

“It felt fake to me, other than my sleep,” Gilbert said. “I was just worried about Zach and everyone else.”

Gilbert’s condition slowly improved and she learned that her fiancé’s surgery was successful – and he was not expected to remain paralyzed.

No timeline has been set for when Moore might leave the hospital.

“I’m glad to know he’s alive,” Gilbert said.

When he left the ICU, Gilbert said the idea of ​​recovering from this tornado seemed overwhelming.

“As far as I know, my house is gone,” Gilbert said. “I feel numb.”

She said she was inspired to keep going by her animals, who survived the storm, and the man she hopes to marry after she overcomes the setback.

“I think he’s doing better,” Gilbert said. “I hope we can continue.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to support the couple after they lost almost everything in the storm. You can donate to the campaign here.

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