6-year-old girl was found unconscious and dangling upside down from a tree after a tornado tore through her family’s mobile home in Central Texas earlier this week.
Miriam Rios remained hospitalized on Saturday in wake of the incident. She and her family were inside their trailer on Tuesday when the twister ripped through the city of Salado, with wind speeds reaching up to 165 miles per hour.
The gusts carried Miriam, who suffered the most severe injuries, hundreds of feet from the family residence, which was also destroyed by the extreme weather. Her 1-year-old brother, Ezra, was similarly flung from the home and found in fields not far from the trailer. Their parents, Joel and Vanessa Rios, were meanwhile tossed in opposite directions inside their home.
Miriam Rios, of Saledo, was sent flying after the tornado tore through her family’s trailer park on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
All four family members were taken to the hospital, where Vanessa learned she had suffered a miscarriage.
Her brother, Stephen Perez, told KWTX the baby suffered the least severe injuries, while the others had been in and out of surgeries to address broken pelvic bones and spinal cord injuries.
The tornado robbed the family of “everything they’ve worked so desperately hard for,” Perez said, noting that their mobile home was ripped to shreds by the fierce winds.
“It’s just the foundation that’s left,” he said. “There’s absolutely nothing.”
The foursome tried to evacuate but were forced to turn around when it started to hail.
In a news conference earlier this week, Bell County Judge David Blackburn said the tornado injured 23 people, including one in critical condition.