Woman carried by 2011 tornado: "When I woke up, my mattress was rising in the air"
Chattanooga (WTVC) —
Helen Ingle says she was carried away by one of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.
That night, she says she was asleep until she felt her bed moving.
"When I woke up, my mattress was rising in the air," Helen said. "It was throwing me 4 or 5 times all around the room and I was saying 'God please help me.'"
The storm completely destroyed her home.
Ingle says she was holding on to the box spring of her bed when she was sucked out of her bedroom.
"I went twirling through the air until I landed in the woods about 30 feet from my trailer," she said. "I could hear the neighbors screaming and crying all around me. I peeked out from underneath the boxspring and I saw that wicked tornado."
Ingle was able to pull herself and her dog, Scooter, out of the wreckage.
Covered in bruises and with a fractured rib, she waited for help.
"I saw big lights way off and I started yelling 'help me, help me' and the paramedics said 'we hear you but we can't see you, keep yelling,'" she said.
She says it took them an hour and a half to find her then another four hours to get her to an ambulance.
"The paramedic when they found me said 'Are you the lady that was in the trailer?' I said yes. They said 'Honey, I thought you were dead. We don't know how you made it out alive' I said I do, God saved me and an angel hugged me," Ingle said.
Ingle wrote a testimony about how she believes God watched over her that night.
She hopes to get it published soon.
Her dog, Scooter, was not hurt either.