Pinned on her right side beneath about 7,000 pounds of metal and debris, Brenda Morrison dialed 9-1-1 for help and got no answer. With no one to turn to, she called her daughter — the person she trusts most in this world.


Pinned on her right side beneath about 7,000 pounds of metal and debris, Brenda Morrison dialed 9-1-1 for help and got no answer. With no one to turn to, she called her daughter — the person she trusts most in this world.


“I don’t know how to describe the feeling of having a loved one that’s trapped,” said Tracie Morrison, “that’s been there your whole life and you can’t do nothing to help.”


But the 23-year-old did do something — she found someone to save her mom’s life.


Rescuers found the 54-year-old woman trapped in her mobile home with the ceiling caved in. And another trailer was on top of what used to be her home.


It took a team of about 30 rescuers — firefighters, police officers and emergency responders — about three hours to free her.


“It took them that long to get me out. They had to be really careful how they got that metal frame off me,” said Brenda Morrison. “I guess it just wasn’t my time to go.”


Morrison was pinned while trying to protect herself from the tornado that ripped through southern Oklahoma two weeks ago at 170 mph. It destroyed her trailer parked at 326 Lahoman St. in Bar-K Mobile Home Park.


The storm left the Morrison family with few belongings, but also with few injuries.


Morrison was trapped the whole time on her bed, the same bed her parents slept in before they died.


“I felt protected by them being there. Everybody said somebody was out there looking out for you and I said I feel like it was my mom and dad,” she said.


Morrison was taken to Mercy Memorial Health Center at about 10 p.m., where she was treated for minor scrapes and bruises.


But the healing process isn’t over.


“I was sore, but right now my back is really bothering me a lot. I have nightmares. It had me so scared,” she said, adding that she only slept three hours on Friday. And she wakes up sweating on nights when the wind blows hard.


But Morrison’s granddaughter has some big plans to help make her grandmother feel safe.
“She said, ‘Nanny that tornado tore up your house, but I’m going to buy you a new one.’ How can you think of a 3-year-old saying something like that? But she did,” Morrison said.


And little Baylee Morrison even knows the color her Nanny’s new house will be.


“A pink one. Just cause,” Baylee said. “Because the tornado just broke it.”


Keith Howard, 221-6542
keith.howard@ardmoreite.com 301-928-3112