The toddler who was airlifted to Lubbock after losing his father and two sisters in the Woodward, Oklahoma tornado Sunday is improving at University Medical Center.
At last check, 23-month-old Tylee Cooley was in serious condition. Tylee is now a security patient, so we are unable to get updates about him directly. However his grandmother, Shelly Hobbie, tells us he is doing well and will be transported back to Oklahoma Friday morning.
We're told Tylee goes by Ty. The picture of him that KCBD obtained was snapped the day he arrived in Lubbock.
Hobbie says as of Thursday the toddler is breathing on his own.
"All those tubes you see going into him in that picture, they are all gone," Hobbie said.
She says it's been tough. Ty has had multiple surgeries, but she says he's coming around.
Ty's great-aunt is his temporary guardian, and according to Hobbie Ty's mother Mary Cooley has a protective order preventing her from seeing her son. She says the great-aunt told her the toddler has been reaching out for help.
"She says just the look in his eyes is heart wrenching. She can tell he wants to be picked up, but he can't vocalize what he wants," she said.
As Ty sits in the hospital, Hobbie is making funeral arrangements for his family members killed in the twister.
We talked to Hobbie the day the tornado ripped through the town of Woodward. She says the family was sleeping in their mobile home at the time.
"My step daughter called saying there was a tornado and my step son wasn't answering," she said.
Hobbie says it's a miracle baby Ty is alive. Still, it is tough looking back at the damage and realizing her family is gone.
"It's going to be hard without them," Hobbie said.
Since we told you about this story the first time, UMC has received a lot of donations. However, since Ty is in a sterile environment they cannot accept gifts. If you would like to donate call Woodward Red Cross at (580) 256-3828.
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