A 75-year-old disabled Mesa woman is recovering in the hospital from minor injuries after a large tree fell through her roof and stabbed her leg.
Ellen Sims Oso was sitting in her bed Monday when the tree in her front yard came crashing onto her.
Two family members were home at the time, including Tamika Mollett.
"There was a loud boom... sorta like a bomb going off and the house shook and so we all ran into my grandma's room and saw that the tree had come down through the roof," said Mollett, who is Oso's adult granddaughter.
She and her brother rushed into her grandma's room.
"I felt really overwhelmed," said Mollett. "It was very scary. There was a lot of dust, a lot of debris. The rain was still pouring down on my grandma and me."
Her brother tried to lift the tree off of Oso, but it was too heavy.
Mollett ended up holding her hand to keep her calm until paramedics could arrive.
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Oso's family said she has minor injuries including scratches on her back. The tree branch stabbed her right leg, which was paralyzed from a stroke a few years ago.
Tia Oso flew from Los Angeles to check on her mother. She said that tree came within inches of killing her."I'm really glad my mother is safe but I'm also really uncertain now how we're going to pull through this," she said. "My mom doesn't have the finances. She's been retired for 12 years and we don't have the finances."[RAIN TOTALS: Check the numbers]
The family tells us they don't have home insurance and are worried about what they're going to do next.
They started a GoFundMe account to help them get back on their feet.
A total of seven people live at the home to care for Ellen. She suffered a stroke in 2009 which caused her to be paralyzed on her right side and is wheelchair bound. They're all left without a place to stay now.
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