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Sedalia tornado destroys couple's home three days before baby's birth

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | 8:00 p.m. CDT; updated 11:25 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Amy and Cameron Egan pose for one of their first family photos with their newborn daughter, Lochlyn. The day after Amy and Cameron Egan's home was destroyed by the tornado May 25 in Sedalia, the couple went in for a routine checkup and was told that the doctor was going to induce labor. Amy wasn't allowed to leave the hospital and worried about where they would take their newborn.

The day after a tornado destroyed Amy and Cameron Egan's house in Sedalia on May 25, Amy woke up with a list of things she needed to do.

Induced labor was not on the list.

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The Egans, both 34, were expecting a baby in early June, and the tornado was just the first of a series of surprises that changed their plans.

The twister that hit Sedalia in the afternoon ripped the roof off the Egans' home, tore up the interior and scattered their belongings. Cameron Egan called it a "total loss."

The day after the tornado touched down, they were scheduled to drive to Lee's Summit for Amy’s routine check-up. Then they would head back to Sedalia to salvage whatever they could from their demolished home.

Plans quickly changed in the doctor's office when Amy learned she would not be leaving the hospital. Her blood pressure was high and needed to be monitored, but the doctor assured her that the baby was healthy.

"Well yeah, a tornado just ripped through my house,” Amy told the doctor. “Of course I’ve got high blood pressure. Big deal.”

Her husband said he was almost speechless, thinking, "Can we have something else happen right now?"

“I wasn’t mad. I was just in shock. I wanted to get everything done,” he said.

Initially, the doctor ordered a set of tests but later determined that it would be best for the baby if Amy were admitted immediately to the hospital. The Egans had not packed anything for a hospital stay but were most concerned about finding a place to live after the baby was born.

“I kept arguing with (the doctor) that I didn’t have anywhere to go after,” Amy said. “She kept telling me, ‘You can rest in the hospital.’ I was frustrated.”

A decision to induce labor was delayed so Cameron could return to Sedalia and retrieve whatever he could from the couple’s house. He went with the promise that nothing would happen until he returned.

Meanwhile, Amy remained confined to her hospital room.

“I am stuck in this hospital, which I don’t want to be, and I am watching the news all day long,” she recalled. “I see our house on different news channels all day, and it was just unreal. It just still doesn’t seem possible.”

At 12:50 a.m. Saturday, May 28, Lochlyn Egan was born by cesarean section. It had been just three days since the tornado flattened the Egans' house. Ironically, the only room left untouched was the nursery, which the baby will never see.

“The one thing that bothers me,” Amy Egan said, “is the fact that we were bringing our first baby home to her nursery that we just finished, and we don’t even get to take her in there again.”

Finally, the couple took their newborn and three dogs to the home of friends in Warrensburg until their insurance company can relocate them.

The Egans do not know how long it will be until they have a home of their own to raise their daughter in.

"Had the situation happened to someone else, it would be horrible for me to hear about," Amy said. "But because it is me, I don't even realize it. I just try to deal with it."


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