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.”
Nearby, Gary Coldwell, a pastor, sat with Piedmont resident Mark Troxwell and his family, who were informed that Mark's brother was transported to the hospital after the tornado struck his home in Newcastle.
“They just bought their house a year ago. It was brand new,” Troxwell said. “I don't think it's there anymore.”
Troxwell said medical personnel were not able to tell the family the condition of his brother.
“We wish we knew something. Right now we don't know if he's alive or dead,” he said.
When Troxwell heard that his brother was missing, the first thing he did was go to his church.
Troxwell found Coldwell there and asked him if he would go to the hospital with him.
The family's hunt for Troxwell's brother didn't end at OU Medical Hospital.
A nurse emerged from the treating area and told Troxwell he was mistakenly told that his brother was at OU Medical Hospital.
“We don't know where he is,” she said.
Troxwell, his sister, his brother's wife and his pastor began making a list of hospitals in the nearby area they could call.