FLORENCE, S.C.---After a tornado swept through Florence County on Tuesday evening, at least 9 families were left homeless, and at least 8 were sent to the hospital with injuries. Prosperity Miller, 6, was one of those 8 victims; she was pinned underneath rubble from her grandmother's home as the storm blew through. After staying overnight at McLeod Medical Center, she was released on Wednesday morning, with a few scratches and bruises. And despite what happened, her family has maintained a positive outlook on life.
As Jennette Canteen, 19-year-old daughter, and three granddaughters were eating dinner on Tuesday evening, the unthinkable happened; within just seconds, a tornado swept through their mobile home park, destroyed their home, and left her youngest granddaughter, Prosperity, pinned underneath the rubble.
"If you could have seen the girls, the way they were trapped last night, it was as if God cupped his hands like this, and all the debris fell around the girls, even though there was glass and she was stuck under the wall," said Canteen. "But they could have been killed- all 3 of the girls, not one- they're all alive. We're all healthy, we're all ok- a little beat up, a little bruised up, but we're alive. This is material stuff, me and my babies are alive, we've got another day, another chance to just redo everything, so I'm just elated because we're alive."
Jennette said that while they were eating dinner, the trailer across from theirs was blown over and landed on top of it; and even though Prosperity was underneath the rubble, she said she just wanted to eat her ice cream.
"And then I got my dessert and then I just had one bite and then the kitchen went to the side…we didn't eat our ice cream," said Prosperity.
"No we didn't eat that ice cream, we're going to get that ice cream though, we are going to get that ice cream," said Canteen.
During Prosperity's stay at McLeod, the nurses were kind enough to bring her not just one, but two bowls of ice cream.
And despite losing practically everything, Canteen and her family have maintained an optimistic outlook on life because they didn't lose the most important thing....each other.
"It's not a curse, it's almost like a blessing, because of the outpouring of love that's been shown to us is unreal. I can't put it into words," said Canteen. "It's wonderful, everyone's alive, that's all that matters, everyone's alive. We can always replace this someday, but we cannot replace my grandchildren, so I'm happy if that makes sense."
As she looked at the rubble that was once her home, she smiles and through laughter quotes an internet sensation, Sweet Brown.
"'Aint nobody got time for that! To be sad and depressed and we're alive, and that's all we've had time for, is to be alive and go forth."
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