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'I shouldn't be here:' Tornado survivor talks about recovery

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MAYNARD (KWWL) -

For the first time, we're hearing from a Maynard couple recovering after being trapped in their home during a tornado.

"They talk about train sounds, but this is a 'whoosh' sound we heard," said Bob Cole.

That "whoosh" was an EF-1 tornado ripping through Bob and Ursula Cole's home.

It caused the home to collapse while they were inside, trapping them under debris -- and Ursula was badly injured.

"I kept calling for her and she wasn't answering, so I was getting worried," Bob said.

"I was able to reach back around and, I don't know if it was adrenaline or what, but I got the dresser out of the way with one hand ... and then I went in there and saw the way her legs were positioned, I knew they weren't right," he added.

His 78-year-old wife, Ursula, had two complex fractures in her hips, a crushed vertebrae and a broken wrist.

"By rights, I shouldn't be here ... but by the grace of God, I am," said Ursula.

Ursula is recovering at a nursing facility. She's in a lot of pain, but she's taking things day by day.

"I can put my feet on the ground, and if people want to know how that feels, it feels wonderful," she said. "I know everybody walks, but we don't think about those things."

As Ursula continues her recovery, Bob continues to live with their daughter.

The couple is focused on moving on, but they say they will never forget their home and the memories it holds.

"I find myself thinking about the place," Bob said. "We lived there for 44 years, so I find myself turning down that road once and a while."

The family has set up a Go Fund Me account at this link: http://www.gofundme.com/yc4d6ek

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