'Miracle Baby' Born to Alabama Couple That Barely Survived Tornado


'The Good Lord Was Watching Over Us'

Berry added: "I keep thinking, you know: What if he were already born there, you know, trying to hold on to him? And like I tried to hold on to Mitchell and my mother during the tornado, there's just no way I could have held on to him. I just thank God he wasn't already born and he was still a part of me."

"I can be having a bad day," Johns said, "[and] when I see him, it's just, I mean, it's over with. He's just a blessing."

Johns and Berry consider Kaden a true angel on Earth who helps them think past their troubles -- the destroyed cars they can't afford to replace, the jobs they can't return to -- and the years of physical therapy ahead. If they were to hate the world or grieve too much, or give up hope, they wouldn't be the kind of parents they wanted to be, they said.

They are living in a donated apartment and don't know how they'll make ends meet. But they said they were happier than they'd ever been.

"We're so lucky to be here, just be here," said Johns. "The good Lord was watching over us, and we're here. We're alive."

"We didn't ask for any of this to happen," said Berry. "We're doing the best we can. We don't have income coming to our house. We're living off of donations as we speak, you know. And we have this little baby here to take care of. And he's taking care of us."

Friends have set up two funds to support Johns, Berry and Kaden:

Amanda Berry Recovery Fund Compass Bank 1950 Highway 31 South Birmingham, AL 35244 205-297-2010

Berry Johns Benefit Fund Listerhill Credit Union 42213 Highway 195 Haleyville, AL 35565 205-486-9405

Footage used in the video piece courtesy of Gary Mays from 49countynews.net, shot in Phil Campbell, Alabama

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