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Mom who lost leg, foot in tornado leaves hospital: 'I feel pretty awesome'

Stephanie Decker, who lost portions of both of her legs while protecting her kids during a recent tornado in Henryville, Ind., is released from a Kentucky hospital. Msnbc.com's Al Stirrett reports.

The Indiana mother, who lost a leg and a foot while selflessly shielding her two young children from a 175-mph tornado in Henryville, Ind., has left the hospital.

Stephanie Decker, 36, was all smiles when she was escorted out of the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky, two weeks after twister leveled their home in Marysville, Ind.

Decker lost one leg above the knee and the other above the ankle, and broke seven ribs, but her two children, Dominic, 8, and Reese, 5, were unharmed.


"I feel pretty awesome,” Decker said. “I didn't expect to feel this way, but I feel healthy. I feel strong.”

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Decker said she is looking forward to the next stage in her recovery.

“I’m ready to tackle rehab. I am ready to get that part of this steppingstone over with. I feel really, really good.”

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