Crystal Whitley lay in a hospital bed not knowing the whereabouts of two of her three children, Shante, 10, and Trentan, 6, both of whom were torn out of her arms by the fierce tornado that demolished her Joplin, Mo., home in 2011.
"She got them all in the bathtub and was holding them down, but the tornado was so strong," said her mother, Aleta Whitley. "She had to hold on to three kids. Crystal was so upset. She couldn't find Shante and she couldn't find Trentan. She never did see the kids again."
Aleta Whitley, who doted on her grandchildren twice a week, knows first hand how the families in Moore, Okla., are reeling from the horror of a tornado today, a force of nature that can quite literally rip a baby from its mother's arms.
"It's been a rough two years," said Whitley, 55, sobbing sporadically throughout the interview with ABCNews.com. "It's not something you get over."
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