2:55 PM CDT, May 3, 2012
A southern Indiana mother who lost parts of her legs while shielding her two children during a tornado was able to walk again for the first time.
Stephanie Decker also sustained broken ribs when a steel beam fell on top of her during an EF-4 tornado in Henryville, Ind. on March 2.
On Wednesday, Decker took her first steps with her first prosthesis.
"Embracing this is a much better way to go than it would be than to just try and hide and keep things away from people," said Decker.
Decker also lost her home in the tragic storm, but she would not let it harm her children or her spirit.
"I firmly believe my attitude has helped get me to where I am," said Decker.
Now, Decker is learning to walk again. It was an overwhelming day, but not unpleasant, as Decker did it all with a smile and a little perspiration.
"There are times when I just want to get up and go because I'm so fast paced," said Decker.
Decker will spend the coming days practicing to stand and walk. She is expected to be fitted for the other prosthetic leg in the coming weeks.
Script/video contributed by Louisville’s WAVE 3
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