The unthinkable happened to a Louisana family a couple of weeks ago.
Kale, Courtney, and 6-month-old Cannon Buchholtz were in their home when a large oak tree struck their house. On Facebook, Courtney Buchholtz shared the tragic aftermath:
BuzzFeed spoke to Courtney, who explained the most terrifying part of the whole experience: the tree fell right above Cannon's crib while he was sleeping in it.
"I put Cannon into his crib at 7:42 p.m., my husband and I sat down to watch a movie before bed, and the tree fell at 7:44 p.m. If you watch the video from the living room, when the tree actually hits, everything flew off of our shelves and the lights flew out of the ceiling — we felt the house shake. I think my husband and I (and our dogs) were confused as to what had just happened because we just looked at each other, and that’s when I looked down at the baby monitor..."
"... I saw debris flying on the baby monitor, and my first thought was that lightning hit the house and shattered the window, because you can hear me say, 'Kale, the window!' We immediately got up and ran to Cannon’s room, and that’s when we saw the tree through the ceiling in our hallway with water pouring into our house," she explained.
Courtney told BuzzFeed she was (and is) more traumatized about everything than Cannon ever was. "After already going through child loss, the thought of losing him was the most helpless feeling I’ve felt in a long time. I picked him up and ran straight to the kitchen to wash off his face. My husband took him from me so he could assess him for any injuries — he was perfect, and he even started giggling," she said.
It wasn’t until the next day when Courtney could see the house in the daylight that she realized just how bad the damage was. "It made my stomach turn — it was nothing like I’d ever seen before. The drone footage is impressive. It’s like the tree just sliced through the whole entire house."
Courtney said the trunk of the tree was about four feet across. "There was no sign of lightning striking it, but there was a part of it that showed signs of rotting, even though most of the tree was healthy. The wind that night was just strong enough to take it down," she explained.
The Buchholtz family is currently renting a house in Baton Rouge until theirs gets repaired. Courtney expects it to take several months, possibly even a year. "We appreciate all of the love, all of the thoughts and prayers! So many people have asked us if we have a GoFundMe account, and the answer to that is no. For those who have felt like they wanted to help, I’ve sent them my Venmo (@Court1152)," she said.
We are happy little Cannon and Courtney and her husband are safe! Again, Courtney's Venmo is @Court1152 if you would like to send something to help their family.
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