UPDATE: Benefit helps Platteville tornado victim

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Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 --- 9:34 p.m.

The Platteville community is coming together to support a couple who lost everything, and almost lost each other, in the June 16th tornado.

The Annex bar and pizzeria held a special benefit for Josh and Carrie Gates tonight. The tornado lifted the couple's home with Carrie inside, tossing her into a neighbor's yard. After weeks of therapy for several broken bones, Carrie said her recovery is coming well.

"I couldn't ask for anything better, it's slow and I take it day by day, but that's all part of it," she said.

The one person not surprised by what many call, a "miraculous recovery," is her husband Josh.

"I knew she could do it. I've known her for a long time and that's why I married her.. she's a fighter," he said.

Hundreds showed up for the benefit.

"Our hope is basically just to show the Gates that people care about them and they've got a lot of friends," said John Utley, owner of the Annex bar.

Donations bins collected money to help the couple purchase necessities, since their home-- and everything in it-- was destroyed.

"We lost everything. Every little piece of paper, every little thing that you go to reach for... it's gone," Carrie said.

But the one thing that isn't gone, is the support from their community.

"Everybody's been so strong in this community to help us and keep checking on us to make sure we're ok, and that's all that matters to me," she said.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 --- 10:15 p.m.

A Platteville woman who was ripped out of her home during an EF-2 tornado is now back at home. Carrie Gates was released from the hospital this afternoon and moved into a new home, since the tornado destroyed her previous house.

"I just knew I needed help, and I wanted to live," Carrie said.

Her will to live proved to be the only thing stronger than the tornado that ripped through her home with her inside.

"All of a sudden, I didn't hear any noise or anything, just 'woosh,' like a hand just reached down and grabbed me and pulled up," she said.

The tornado lifted the entire second floor of her home, dropping Carrie in the yard next door, leaving her with five broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, two shattered vertebrae and a broken back. Her husband, Josh, didn't think she would survive.

"Most people would never survive what she did, she had about a zero percent chance of making it, and here she is," Josh said.

After three weeks in the hospital undergoing treatment and rehabilitation, Carrie made faster progress than anyone expected.

"I am insanely proud of her... she is the strongest person that I have ever known," Josh said.

Now out of the hospital and on the road to recovery, this couple is starting over in a new home together, with a new outlook on life.

"We lost everything, but things are just things. Our whole family survived and they shouldn't have, none of us should have. It's just a miracle," Carrie said.


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