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Tale of survival: A mother who wouldn't let go

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The death toll in the Washington landslide stands at 36 and 32 of them have been identified.

But this is a story of survival.

Amanda Skorjanc remains hospitalized, along with her five-month old son, Duke. She says he's the reason she's here today.

Her legs are in casts. Her arm is in a sling and her eye is still bloodshot eye from that harrowing morning March 22nd.

The day started like any other. Amanda and Duke were home and Duke's dad and her partner, Ty, had just left for the hardware store.

Then she looked out the front door and houses were exploding.  The next thing she knew her neighbor's chimney was coming into their front door. She turned her back and held onto Duke for dear life. The landslide carried them about 600 feet and Duke remained in her arms the entire time.

When they came to a stop she heard someone and she called for help. Cody Wesson was at the right place at the right time. He took the little boy from Amanda's arms and rescuers used a chain saw to free her from the debris.  She had sort of landed in a couch and recliner that helped cushion her "ride". "I know that God was with us because as it was going I cried out to Him, I said please save us."

Duke is recovering at Seattle Children's Hospital and she said he's the best medicine and motivation for physical therapy.

Cards and letters from around the world have poured in to wish her a speedy recovery.

The family lost their home but not each other.

Ty Suddarth, Duke's Father said,"My life got reduced down to the 2 most important things, and we're so fortunate."

Amanda echoed his sentiment and said, "We will pay it forward for the rest of our life."

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