A miracle survivor of last week’s ice storm has been found in northeast Arkansas. Jewel Kitrel was warming herself on a wood-burning stove when the National Guard came knocking.
Sgt. Michael Franks said that Kitrel, 92, was in tears when he and four other guard members brought in food and water. Her regular nurse had been unable to navigate the area since last week’s storm.
The Associated Press reports:
“She just broke down and started crying,” said Franks. “She was so happy that we had come out there, and that we cared enough to come out and see her to make sure she was alright.”
The National Guard is just making it into the most remote parts of Kentucky and Arkansas after the storm last week virtually cut the areas off from the world.
At least 56 people died as a result of the storm. Carbon monoxide poisoning, traffic accidents and hypothermia is what will be listed on the death certificates.
The Guard is hoping that their door to door efforts will cut any more deaths added to that list.
“We tried to get her to come back with us, but she was pretty adamant about not leaving,” Franks said as he chuckled slightly recalling the event. “She said she was more comfortable there than she would be anywhere else.”
The Guard plans to visit her twice a day to make sure she`s doing okay.