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Obama meets mom who lost legs in March twister

A Kentucky native who lost her legs shielding her children from a tornado has walked into the Oval Office arm-in-arm with President Barack Obama.

The visit by Stephanie Decker came less than four months after the March twister wrecked her home in Henryville, IN. She had tied a blanket around the children and thrown herself on top of them when falling debris crushed her legs.

The 37-year-old Decker now walks some of the time using prosthetic limbs. She was accompanied to the White House on Friday by her husband, Joe, and their two children.

Decker visited with Obama before he left to survey fire damage in Colorado. She says they discussed an improved prosthetic model, and a foundation she started to train children with artificial limbs to play sports.

Decker grew up in Frankfort, KY.

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