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Robertson mother injured in tornado thankful to be alive

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Rebecca Roberts, 26, suffered two broken legs and a spinal injury in last week's tornado. Rebecca Roberts, 26, suffered two broken legs and a spinal injury in last week's tornado.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

It was a week ago Wednesday that a tree crashed through the roof of Rebecca Roberts' Robertson County house.

Her two children and longtime boyfriend escaped unharmed but Roberts wasn't so lucky.

The 26-year-old was trapped under the tree for an extended period of time while emergency crews cut their way to her.

The young mother suffered two broken legs and a spinal injury.  She remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has a second surgery scheduled for Monday.

Through it all, she says she is thankful to be alive.

"Thank God I am alive and thanks for everything everyone has done," Roberts told Nashville's News 2 from her hospital bed Wednesday, adding, "I always been the type who doesn't take life for granted and [this] makes me believe that more now."

She continued, "Our kids will definitely know how to treat people the way you want to be treated and that is how I have done and it is getting returned."

More than 100 homes were damaged in Robertson County in last week's tornado.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down along Pinson School Road and traveled across Possum Trot Road.  The tornado crossed Highway 76 and caused damage along Gum Station Road, Bethlehem Road and Baggett Road, where the Roberts lived.

The family lost almost everything in the storm and will be staying with relatives until they get back on their feet.

"I think I might go home next week," Roberts said optimistically.  "[It will be] a few months before I can walk. I can't put pressure on my feet for eight to 10 weeks."

A trust fund has been established for the family. To donate, visit any Farmer's Bank branch in Sumner or Robertson county.

"We set up a fund because we have two small kids and we have to do what we have to do, to get back on our feet for them," Roberts continued, adding, "They are the most important, they are small, they can't defend for themselves and whatever anyone can help us do is greatly appreciated."

Including the EF1 tornado in Robertson County, 21 tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee last Wednesday.

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