Season 9
Joplin Families
Joplin Families
Season 9 | Episode 914 | Aired 01/12/2012

The Whitely Family
Before the storm, Crystal Whitely was the ultimate single mother taking care of her three kids and working as a personal care aid. Crystal loved working with her clients that were disabled and elderly, but her kids are her life. The night of the storm, the whole family took cover in the bathtub, but moments later, the house was pulled off its foundation. Though she tried desperately to hang on to them, 10-year-old Shante and 6-year-old Trentan were ripped from Crystal's arms. Only Crystal and her 4-year-old daughter, Keana, survived.

The oval windows on the family's new home give it a dollhouse feel. The inside is stunning with crystal chandeliers. Keana's room is fit for a princess, as it's filled with lots of Disney princess decor. There's a wall of photos commemorating the family that was lost and the ones who keep their memories alive. There's a beautiful healing garden out back that the family can share with their neighbors.

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