A look back: Storm chasers reunite with Joplin tornado survivor they helped rescue
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Two years after the Joplin and Duquesne tornado, the path of healing came to a happy ending for a couple of storm chasers.
On May 22, 2011, Sean and Trisha Wilson traveled to Joplin from their home in Owasso, Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, 6-year-old Steven Weersing was riding with some friends on Rangeline Road.
That’s when the tornado hit. Weersing remembered grabbing the roof of a car, which rolled over onto his arm.
Storm chasers Sean and Trisha arrived and were asking folks if they needed help when they came upon a friend of Steven, who pointed them in his direction. They drove Steven to Freeman Hospital and that was the last time Steven saw them.
Steven was then transported to Children’s Hospital in Kansas City. He was in a coma for 15 days, and laid in intensive care for two months while doctors repaired him and battled a serious infection.
The first year after the tornado, Sean and Trisha went back and met up with a few others they helped rescue that day, but Steven was not there. They couldn’t connect with him and worried he didn’t make it.
That next year, Steven posted a picture to Facebook, which Trisha saw.
Trisha says, “I cried to him on the phone and he said ‘don’t cry!’ And I said I can’t help it, because we thought for two years you were gone.”
Two years after the tornado, they met up in Cunningham park.
A special gift Trisha and Sean gave to Steven the day of the interview – a new emergency storm radio.
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