DAISY HILL, Ind. (WHAS11) – It was one year ago Will Callahan was nearly killed.
He and Donna Kaelin remember the EF-4 tornado that tore through parts of Kentuckiana on March 2, 2012.
The couple, along with Kaelin’s four grandchildren, was inside a home where her daughter once lived when the tornado hit the rural community of Daisy Hill, Indiana.
The family took refuge in the basement. By the time the tornado had passed, the home had been lifted off its foundation.
A year later the family says they have no idea where the house had been thrown during the storm.
“It literally took everything and the only thing left in the basement was us,” Kaelin said. “It is like God put his hand down and kept us there.”
Nobody was killed in the house, but Callahan's leg was crushed by debris.
“If Donna did not put that tourniquet around my leg I know I would have bled to death,” Callahan said.
Doctors said they would have to amputate his leg. But 11 surgeries, countless hours of therapy and one year later, Callahan still has his leg. He continues to make progress recovering, but he says the fear of tornados will always linger.
“When they say take cover I am ready to find someplace I know I am going to be safe because I do not want to go through this again,” Callahan said.
On the one-year anniversary of the March 2, 2012 tornado, Callahan and Kaelin visit where the home once stood, only for the second time since the storm.
The family says they are grateful to all the medical personnel and doctors at University of Louisville Hospital who helped save Callahan's life and leg.