It's every mother's worst nightmare: being separated from your child. At the mall, at the park, at a sporting event, it doesn't matter. Losing sight of your child for even a moment can cause panic like you've never felt before.
For families stuck in Hurricane Harvey, losing sight of a child could be a matter of life or death.
One mom in Houston, Da’Jauh Hennix, was trying to escape her quickly flooding house along with her mother and 8-month-old daughter, Paige. Hennix was struggling through water up to her neck while holding Paige above her head.
“I was crying I was scared,” Hennix said.
Cpl. Reed Clark of the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 2 was out patrolling the area and spotted the family in need.
“I heard people screaming ‘Baby!’” Clark said. “She was holding the baby up and then the water would come up and you could see her neck and her head come under the water and she was trying to get to higher ground.”
Cpl. Clark came to Hennix' rescue, grabbing Paige and bringing her into his boat.
“He was like, she’s going to be in a black truck at the front. I’m like that’s fine,” Hennix recounted.
But it was not fine. Hennix would not see her baby for hours, with no idea of where she might be.