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May 21, 2013 7:30 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

Aransas Pass Mother Learns Son Amongst Rescuers in Oklahoma

ARANSAS PASS - A woman in Aransas pass was frantic because she couldn't contact her son who lives in Oklahoma City. She finally reached him and is proud to hear that he spent some time rescuing survivors.

It's claimed 24 lives, nine of which are children. For Christie Donovan, it was one of the most frightening moments of her life, not knowing if her son 19 year-old Mondo Cardenas was one of the 24.

She spent Monday night calling her son trying to reach him. She even went to Facebook posting, "Son I hope ur ok call me plz I'm worried about u!!"

"He finally called me, I had been texting him and I just had tears of joy because I knew then he was okay. And he told me, he says ' mom I am okay' and I just lost it," says Christie Donovan.

It had been 17 and a half hours since they last spoke.

Mondo rode out the tornado under an overpass near Moore, Oklahoma. But once the twister passed he and a friend jumped in and started helping survivors.

"It was really erie to go there. There was no sound. You know no screaming saying they are in pain or something or trying to get out of where they were. It was dead silent you could hear the ringing in your ears," says Mondo Cardenas.

Helping 15 to 20 people in an hours time.

"I kind of made my way around Moore near the Warren Theater area. You know it was a really fact to see. I just looked for people that either looked like they were in distress and you know just try to find someone," says Cardenas.

"He says I went over there yesterday after the storm and he says 'you know and a little boy landed in front of me. And I said 'what do you mean?' and he said 'he was right at my feet and he had part of a telephone pole in my back and I rushed him to EMTs,' says Donovan.

But his rescue efforts aren't stopping there, Tuesday he purchased water,food, and clothing for the survivors. When highways re-open,he plans to return to help.

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