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Little tornado orphan Angel loses fight for life

A TODDLER found alive in a field after violent tornadoes struck in the US midwest and south has died after being taken off life support.

Fifteen-month-old Angel Babcock was found after her family's mobile home was destroyed.

The little Indiana girl's parents and two siblings had already been killed in the disaster.

Her death brings the overall toll from the storms to 39 across five states.

When Angel arrived at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, she was opening her eyes -- a hopeful sign, chief nursing officer Cis Gruebbel said.

Things turned at the weekend, when the swelling in her brain didn't decrease.

As the day went on, her eyes ceased to move and she continued to deteriorate. There was no sign of brain activity.

Medical staff told the family there wasn't anything more they could do. With extended family gathered to say goodbye, the family made the decision to end life support yesterday.

"Angel has been reunited with her parents," her grandfather, Jack Brough, said in a statement.

"We want to thank God for all of you and for your thoughts and prayers. God will bring you and all of us out of this."


Yesterday, people gathered to worship, comb through piles of debris and learn what happened to loved ones and friends.

One priest turned his church into an information exchange yesterday, asking the 100 or so in attendance to stand up and share what they knew.