logo
 twitter.com/CNNTonight
twitter.com/CNNTonight

Texas Mothers Share Struggles to Care for Their Special Needs Children during the Winter Storm

Gaone Pule
Mar 06, 2021
02:40 P.M.

Moms from Texas shared their struggles amid Winter Storm Uri, about how they failed to care for their children who have special needs, we have the heart wrenching stories below.

Advertisement

Texas residents Judith Carter and Sylvia Cerda Salinas told People about the obstacles they faced during the winter storm. There were power and water outages that left many families and businesses struggling.

Many people were left without water and power for days, and for mothers like Carter and Salinas, who both have sons with autism, the challenge to survive through the storm was even greater. Carter shared how she and her son were affected.

Snowstorm | Source: Pixabay

Snowstorm | Source: Pixabay

CARTER AND HER SON MILES

“My special needs son and I have been through the wringer,” she said. According to the outlet, Carter lives with her 16-year-old son Miles in Dallas.

Advertisement

The teenage boy has a life-threatening form of epilepsy, as well as autism. Miles and her mom stayed in a hotel when the storm hit and had to take refuge in the warmth of her car.

Ice on branch | Source: Pixabay

Ice on branch | Source: Pixabay

Speaking of her son’s condition, she said it is quite difficult. Carter shared that they had not had anything to eat. “We had snacks, but he didn’t want to eat what I could give him. He wanted a meal,” she said.

To get access to drinking water, Carter had to drive a few miles in the extreme cold weather. She said that her son stopped eating and using the restroom; he became distraught because of what is happening.

Winter ice storm Texas | Source: Pixabay

Winter ice storm Texas | Source: Pixabay

Advertisement

SALINAS AND HER FAMILY

Meanwhile, Salinas, a mother of five, was also struggling to keep her family warm. Four of her kids live at home, and her youngest child, 7, has autism.

Salinas told the publication that in addition to her son having autism, he also has ADHD and is a little person. He is missing a chromosome and has an echogenic pituitary gland. She shared that she and her family woke up one morning to find their power out.

Salinas disclosed that they used the little money they had and called hotels, but rooms were unavailable. They then got in their 2004 Toyota Matrix to search for supplies and keep warm.

Snow trees and snow covered house | Source: Pixabay

Snow trees and snow covered house | Source: Pixabay

Advertisement

Her story made the news, and she appeared on CNN, and after that, a stranger reached out to her to say he managed to get her and her family a room at a hotel. A GoFundMe page for the family also reportedly raised more than $14,000.

Salinas took to the platform and thanked everyone who played a part in raising money for her beloved family. "God bless you always and forever! You have changed our lives in many, many, many more ways than you can ever imagine!!!” she wrote.

Grocery shopping supermarket | Source: Pixabay

Grocery shopping supermarket | Source: Pixabay

TIM & DEB HENNESSY

Meanwhile, when there was a break in the deep freeze, a married couple, Tim Hennessy and his wife Deb, got into their car and went to the grocery store for few supplies. The power went out while inside the store.

Advertisement

They waited for the power to return, but minutes went by, and they proceeded to checkout. When they got to the cashier, she waved at them and told them to go home.

It was at that moment when he realized that everything in their cart was for free. "I think everybody thought it was just a great gesture. And I think because of that, it makes you want to help other people at that moment too," he said.

House snow buried by winter storm | Source: Pixabay

House snow buried by winter storm | Source: Pixabay

DEADLY WINTER STORM

According to KPAX, the storm threatens to cover the East Coast in ice. More potentially deadly storms are hitting parts of the South – and slamming the mid-Atlantic and Northwest – with snow and ice.

Winter weather reportedly alerts stretch from Texas and dangerous stretches of ice in North Carolina, Washington DC and Philadelphia areas. Thirty-eight people have allegedly died nationwide from winter storms, whereas eight other deaths are suspected to be weather-related.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Related posts

Bruce Willis & Demi Moore’s Daughter Has Received Autism Diagnosis at 29: Details

March 19, 2024

This Boy Was 2 When His Star Mom Was Left Alone, Learning He's Autistic - Years Later, He Walked Her Down the Aisle

March 19, 2024

How Jimmy Carter Is Doing after 1 Year in Hospice: Wife's Death Could Impact Him, Doctor Says

February 21, 2024

'Grease' Star Susan Buckner Died at 72 – What Happened to Other Actresses of the Iconic Movie

May 10, 2024

‘Wow’: Meghan Markle Debuted Dyed Hair with Red Undertones on Winter Trip with Husband

March 01, 2024

My Bilingual Son Accidentally Exposed My Husband’s Secret

April 16, 2024

One of Beyoncé’s Daughters Becomes Youngest Female Artist Ever on Hot 100 Chart, Making History

April 10, 2024

'Not Age Appropriate': Beyoncé's 12-Year-Old Daughter's Off-the-Shoulder Dress at the 2024 Grammys Sparks Reactions

May 05, 2024

Oprah Winfrey Gave Birth at 14 & 'Never Felt like It Was' Her Baby

May 03, 2024

My Family Excluded Me from Vacation So I Could Babysit Their Children - I Taught Them a Good Lesson

March 08, 2024

Mom-of-Three Dies with 1-Year-Old Son in Her Arms after Desperate Attempt to Rescue Her Children

February 22, 2024

Three Out of 5 Siblings Died Abruptly before 43: Tragic Story of the Carter Family

April 29, 2024

'Not Age Appropriate': Beyoncé's 12-Year-Old Daughter's Off-the-Shoulder Dress at the 2024 Grammys Sparks Reactions

February 07, 2024

Former Cruise Ship Worker Reveals Horrifying Reason Why They Throw Free Ice Cream Parties on Board

March 13, 2024