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New baby survived twister, crashing cow

Jan. 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM   |   Comments

WADENA, Minn., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A Minnesota woman says her new baby was named Skylar to note the time last summer when she and her unborn daughter were hit by a flying cow during a tornado.

Skylar Schwab was not only the first baby born in Wadena this year but can also be considered the youngest survivor of the twister that hit the town in June.

"We figured 'Sky' was too short, so we chose Skylar," new mom Samantha Wittstruck told KSAX-TV, Redwood Falls, Minn. "It was a big part of her life and she survived it."

Samantha was knocked cold during the June 17 storm and woke up with a cow on top of her, KSAX reported Monday. She was only a month pregnant at the time but feared she could lose the baby due to the bizarre trauma.

But Skylar emerged apparently no worse for wear this month at 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

As her due date approached, however, residents of the devastated town chipped in with clothing and a quilt sewn from fabric decorated with cows.

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