WOMAN PULLED FROM MUDSLIDE RUBBLE SHARES HER STORY
A young woman pulled from the rubble of the Washington mudslide along with her infant son is starting to recover physically from her ordeal after six surgeries. But she and her doctor acknowledged Wednesday that the emotional healing will take a long time.
Certain sounds bring 25-year-old Amanda Skorjanc right back to March 22, when a river of mud and debris destroyed her Oso neighborhood and killed at least 35 people.
She was sitting with her son that Saturday morning watching videos when the lights in her home started to blink. She looked out the door and saw houses exploding. She held her son tightly and turned away from the door.
Rescuers later found them trapped in a pocket formed by Skorjanc’s damaged couch and pieces of her roof.
Skorjanc had two broken legs, a broken arm and other injuries. Her son is being treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Meanwhile detectives with the Snohomish County sheriff’s office were able to cross another name off the list of missing from the Oso landslide and it’s now down to 10 people.
The death toll from the March 22 slide remains at 35 Wednesday, with the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office still trying to identify four of those people.