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 Modified: May 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm •  Published: May 20, 2013

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.

by Nasreen Iqbal
Nasreen Iqbal is a graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. She writes about news and events that occur within the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area.
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