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SURVIVOR SPEAKS: Tornado picks up woman, drops her in yard

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A tornado survivor is out of the hospital weeks after an EF-2 tornado ripped the woman out of her Platteville, Wisconsin, home.

Carrie Gates was released from the hospital this week. Her and her husband moved into a new home since the tornado destroyed her previous house in June.

The tornado tossed her and the entire second floor of the Gates' home into the air.

"All of a sudden, I didn't hear any noise or anything, just 'woosh,' like a hand just reached down and grabbed me and pulled up," she said."I just knew I needed help, and I wanted to live."

Carrie Gates was dropped into a neighbor's yard, leaving her with five broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, two shattered vertebrae and a broken back. Her husband, Josh, didn't think she would survive.

"Most people would never survive what she did," Josh Gates said. "She had about a 0 percent chance of making it, and here she is."

After three weeks in the hospital undergoing treatment and rehabilitation, Carrie made faster progress than anyone expected.

"I am insanely proud of her," Josh said. "She is the strongest person that I have ever known."

Now out of the hospital and on the road to recovery, this couple is starting over in a new home together, with a new outlook on life.

"We lost everything, but things are just things," Carrie said. "Our whole family survived, and they shouldn't have -- none of us should have.

"It's just a miracle."

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