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Relatives arrive at hospital in frantic searches for loved ones in Oklahoma

Man searches debris pile for wife, then goes to hospital.
BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Modified: May 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm •  Published: May 20, 2013

About 30 people gathered in the waiting room of OU Medical Center on Monday evening as more poured in, concerned about lost loved ones or their own wounds.

A distraught and shaken husband, 21-year-old Gage Bellman, sat wide-eyed in the back of the room and waited for news about his lost wife, who was working at a 7-Eleven on SW 4 in Moore when the tornado struck.

“I called her 15 minutes before she was supposed to get off from work. When I went home she wasn't there. I went to the 7-Eleven and it was bottomed out, there was nothing there,” he said.

“I was on top of the debris for about 15 minutes just looking through everything. I was looking through the debris thinking she might be under there. It was scary, I mean that's the person you are supposed to spend the rest of your life with,” he said, holding back tears.

“A police officer told me to get out of the way, and I told him my wife might be under there.”

Bellman said the officer directed him to a nearby ambulance whose paramedics directed him to OU Medical Center, where they believed his wife was taken for treatment.

“Our house is right in the neighborhood where the tornado went through. Ours didn't get touched. I mean there wasn't a scratch,” he said. “I hope my luck continues. I hope she's OK.”

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