After the storm, Jerome moved past the rubble to get to his wife’s side. He found help and a backboard and headed upstairs. They eventually found their way to an ambulance.
Shayla was transported to the HealthPlex Hospital in Norman, where she gave birth to an 8-pound, 3-ounce, 21-inch long boy at 7:25 p.m.
“His name is Braeden Immanuel,” she said. “I had the name picked out for months, but Immanuel actually means, ‘God is with us.’”
Braeden, affectionately nicknamed “Twister,” was one of 11 babies born at Norman Regional campuses on Monday.
Nine were delivered at the HealthPlex and two at the Moore Medical Center. After the tornado, three mothers and their babies were transferred from the Moore Medical Center to the HealthPlex.
Incredibly, Shayla and her family at the Moore Medical Center made it out unscathed.
“There’s something inherent in nurses that you don’t think about yourself,” Brand said. “You take care of your patients because that’s just what you are.”