A two-month-old baby has died of the injuries she sustained in the devastating tornadoes that swept through the US last Friday and Saturday.
The deadly winds ravaged the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee, killing at least 80, with the death toll expected to rise to 100 when missing people are accounted for.
On Monday, baby Oaklynn Koon and her family were sheltering in a bathroom when the ferocious winds pulled them out of the home and hurled them across the street, WHAS11 reported.
The child initially survived the event but was taken off a ventilator by her family and died after suffering brain swelling as a result of her injuries, the ABC affiliate said.
Douglass Koon, Oaklynn's father, told the news outlet that he and his family hid in his mother-in-law's home and strapped Oaklynn in a car seat thinking it would offer her more protection.
Douglass told MSNBC he felt "helpless in protecting my kids against it".
"It just picked us up and threw us around and landed us on the other side of the neighbour's house."
The family were treated in hospital after Douglas, his mother-in-law, wife Jackie, 11-year-old son Bentley and 4-year-old son Dallas were buried in debris after being flung across the street.
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Douglas told WHAS that doctors said that the child had a normal heart rate and blood pressure, and nothing unusual in her X-ray or CT scan.
A brain injury, including swelling, had worsened due to internal bleeding, it was revealed during a second round of tests.
They made the excruciating decision to cut her life support when they found out that Oaklynn would be brain dead.
"I don't want to see my child suffer any longer than they have to because of me just trying to hold on to something that's not there," Douglas told WHAS.
"I'm grateful to have at least two months. She was the cutest baby ever and had the biggest smile and most beautiful eyes."
A friend of the Koon family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses, which has reached nearly $100,000 (£75,000), surpassing its $60,000 (£45,000) goal.
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