Annistyn Rackley Wiki – Annistyn Rackley Biography
Annistyn Rackley, 9, hid in a bathroom with her parents and two sisters in their home near Missouri when a deadly tornado crossed their path.
The heartbreaking image shows a happy-looking Rackley squeezed into a bathtub hugging a baby doll alongside her sisters Lani, 3, and Avalinn, 7.
She was 9 years old.
The youngster lost her life at the family’s new home, located outside of Caruthersville, a city in Missouri, after the tornado left a trail of devastation through Kentucky and Missouri last week, reports the DailyMail.
Her mother, Meghan Rackley, 32, a kindergarten teacher, is still in a coma after suffering brain damage called Diffused Axonal Injury – similar to the shaken baby syndrome.
She laid over her two daughters in the bathtub to protect them when the tornado hit.
Her lungs also collapsed, meaning she is now breathing with the aid of a tracheotomy at the hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Medics hope she will be transferred to Memphis but have not moved her yet.
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Husband Trey, 37, a trucking company dispatcher, sustained an eye injury, cuts and broken bones but was released from the hospital on Sunday.
Youngest daughter Lani has also been released from the hospital and Avalinn, who also broke her arm, remains in hospital awaiting surgery on her vertebrae.
Great aunt Sandra Hooker, 62, from Caruthersville, told DailyMail.com the family had nothing left, and they were found with “splinters sticking out of them”.
Ms Hooker – a teacher for gifted children – alerted Meghan to the tornado and said they had already discussed the safe place in their new country home, where they moved to give the girls a bedroom each.
Meghan had decided the family would huddle in the interior bathroom as it didn’t have any windows.
Ms Hooker heard the sirens going off and warned Meghan via text the tornado was 15 minutes away – Meghan replied with an ‘OK’, and that was the last she heard until a friend notified her the house had been flattened.
Speaking about the loss of Annistyn, she said she would be sorely missed: “Annistyn was a wonderful, loving, kind-hearted little girl. She loved everybody that she came into contact with. She was active in gymnastics and cheerleading.”