A Mississippi couple is thanking a day care teacher for sacrificing her own life to save their 4-year-old daughter during a tornado that ripped through Louisville on Monday.
"I left to go and pick her up from day care but there was no day care to pick her up from," Coysheena Mitchell told CNN affiliate WLBT. "Ashtyn was at Ruth's Childcare Center. It was completely destroyed in the storm."
Ashtyn's father, Willie Mitchell, told WLBT that he's normally the one to pick up his daughter and that she's usually the last one there with day care owner Ruth Bennett.
"She never left her side, she protected her," Willie Mitchell said of Bennett, who was reportedly found clutching the child in her arms.
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Ashtyn suffered a broken leg and liver damage and is currently in the ICU at Blair Baston Children's hospital, according to WLBT.
Coysheena Mitchell gave WLBT a special message for the person who found Ashtyn and took her to the hospital:
"Please just look us up or try to find us in Louisville because we just forever grateful for finding Ashtyn alive and getting her to the hospital."
She also remembered the woman who is responsible for saving her daughter's life.
"[I'll] be forever grateful to her forever because she gave the ultimate sacrifice so my baby could live," Coysheena Mitchell said. "She gave her life for Ashtyn."