The outcome of this tragic story is truly heartbreaking...
Indiana has been battered by horrific storms this week.
via: Getty ImagesWith the Fort Wayne area being particularly affected.
Monday was a particularly brutal day.
via: Getty ImagesAs the rare derecho storm left hundreds of thousands without power and destroyed many acres of crops.
Many have been impacted by the rogue weather.
via: Getty ImagesWith buildings and land destroyed all across the area.
And amidst all of the chaos, one particularly brutal story stands out.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's a tale of the ultimate sacrifice.
As the storm ravaged and destroyed ...
via: Getty ImagesOne great-grandmother did everything she possibly could to protect her great-grandson.
For most, there's nothing we wouldn't do for our kids.
via: Getty ImagesBut one story of sacrifice this week has absolutely broken the world's heart.
There's nothing as rewarding as having a family.
via: Getty ImagesThe love between you and your child is something unlike any other feeling on earth. It's a pretty magical thing.
But that's not to say it's easy...
via: Getty ImagesBeing a caregiver is basically the hardest job on earth - and the pressure to be perfect can make life even more stressful.
But at the end of the day...
via: Getty ImagesChildren are totally worth it.
There's nothing quite as terrifying as something happening to our babies...
via: Getty ImagesBut sadly, many out there have experienced the tragedy of seeing their children go through very difficult situations.
The Indiana storm saw winds of over 112mph.
via: TwitterAnd it caused destruction in Nebraska across Iowa and into Wisconsin, Illinois, alongside Indiana.
It destroyed thousands of properties.
via: TwitterIt also took down power lines and trees across the states.
But it was north-central Indiana that was the most adversely affected.
via: TwitterDozens of injuries have been recorded in the area.
And one Indiana woman has died in the storms.
via: Twitter73-year-old Isabel Atencio was killed in the mobile home she'd lived in for many years.
She was discovered buried under a huge pile of rubble.
via: TwitterAnd even more heartbreakingly, she was clutching on to her great-grandson - who miraculously survived.
The toddler was only minorly injured thanks to her sacrifice.
via: Facebook"It's awful. I was thinking about that all last night." Adam O'Connor, deputy chief of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, said.
Atencio died of blunt force injuries.
via: WPTAHer death has been ruled as accidental.
"She is definitely my hero."
via: WPTA"She earned her wings for sure last night. I'm very grateful and thankful for her," Kaylee Shaw, mother of the toddler, shared.
Tributes have poured in for the hero.
via: Facebook"She would do anything for you, and I'm really at a loss for words right now because already I miss her so much," a neighbor mourned.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral costs.
via: GoFundMe"Looking at that mess you would think neither one of them would have made it. But Chase did," it reads.