Mother And Son Survive Mudslide - 'God Was With Us'

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | April 14, 2014 | 11:40 AM EDT

A woman pulled from the rubble of the Washington state mudslide along with her infant son says, she knows “God was with us.”

“I know that God was with us,” Amanda Skorjanc says remembering the mudslide on March 22. “Because as it was going I cried out to him and said, ‘please save us.’”

The 25-year old mother spoke last week to reporters at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Skorjanc says she was sitting with her son Duke that Saturday morning watching videos when the lights in her home started to shake and blink. She looked out the door and, like in a movie, saw houses "exploding" from the force of the slide.

“The next thing I see is our neighbor’s chimney coming into our front door. I turned and held Duke and I did not let him go,” Skorjanc told reporters.

After traveling 600 feet in the slide Skorjanc and Duke were trapped in a pocket formed by her broken furniture and pieces of debris.

Skorjanc says, “I would pat on his chest and say, ‘stay with me bud’ and then I would ask God not to take him in front of me.”

Rescuers found both mother and child. Skorjanc is now recovering, with both legs in casts, her arm in a sling and an injured eye socket.

Baby Duke has also been getting better at an area children’s hospital.


Associated Press reports were used in this story.

Eric Scheiner
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