- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee mother is recovering from giving birth just after she was rescued from a tornado that destroyed her family’s home.

McMinn County resident Amber Newman was one of seven people inside her Athens home who survived the estimated EF-2 tornado when it hit Wednesday, multiple news outlets reported.

“I’m just thankful, really thankful that God got us through this,” Newman said Thursday from her hospital bed.

A week shy of her due date, Newman and her family had sheltered in a bathroom.

“Everything just got quiet all of a sudden; then we heard a loud noise,” Newman said.

The tornado tossed their home, which now lies in pieces.

“After it happened, she (the baby) wasn’t moving or anything,” Newman said. “That really had scared me. I thought something had happened.”

Emergency crews later arrived and Newman was taken to a hospital, where she underwent an emergency cesarean section to deliver a healthy baby girl.

“It just keeps replaying. I just keep asking myself what I could I have done different?” Newman said. “There’s nothing. Nothing that I could’ve done different.”

County Mayor John Gentry said during a news conference Wednesday that the tornado hurt 20 people. Dozens of structures were also damaged or destroyed.

“We had 20 injured and one brand new life,” Gentry said. “The Lord works in mysterious ways.”

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