13-year-old paralyzed when tornado destroys mobile home

Tornado damage in Ashland, Mississippi
Tornado damage in Ashland, Mississippi

By Jason Miles - bio | email

ASHLAND, MS (WMC-TV) - Larry Nance of Ashland, Mississippi still clings to faith.

"Without faith, there is nothing," said Nance.

His faith was tested early Sunday morning when a tornado struck his son Shane's mobile home.

"They received a phone call saying the siren had gone off here in town and they got up," recalled Nance, "but just didn't have time to get out of the home."

Shane Nance, his wife Rhonda, and their two sons clung to each other as the tornado sucked them up before slamming them down across a dirt road.  The
mobile home exploded in a pile a shredded metal, wood, and glass.

"And in the process of tumbling, three of their backs were broken," said Nance.

Nance told Action News 5 he actually beat emergency crews to the scene and first heard his 9-year-old grandson yelling from the pile of debris.

Logan Nance was the only family member to receive minor injuries.  His 13-year-old brother Wade was paralyzed from the waist down.

"He's going to have a long row to hoe," said Larry Nance.

"Man, we've got people praying all over," said Anthony Mitchell.

Mitchell is Wade's youth pastor at Ashland Baptist Church.

"He's just a joy to be around," said Mitchell, "and his whole family are the types of people you just love to be around."

The church plans to help the Nance family rebuild, like so many others across storm-ravaged Benton County must do, but at least their story is one of seemingly miraculous survival.

"If I put you in a cardboard box and hit you with a 100 mile per hour wind and let you sail across and you walked out of it," said Nance, "wouldn't you call that a miracle?"

Wade Nance was being treated at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center.  His mother was still at The MED Wednesday.  Donations for the family can be made at either Regions Bank in Ashland or the Merchants & Farmers Bank.

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