Brent Lowe, a blind man from the Bahamas, managed to do the extraordinary and carry his son, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk, to safety after Hurricane Dorian blew the roof off his house on Abaco.
Lowe, 49 years old, alongside his 24-year-old son, his sister-in-law, some relatives, and neighbors had been hiding in the bathroom of his cement house where they huddled together and prayed, hoping for relief.
When the roof flew away, Lowe, who has been blind for the past 11 years, placed his adult son on his shoulders and walked through the floodwaters to his neighbor’s house.
“At that time it was raining and raining hard. So I picked him up, threw him on my shoulder and when I stepped off my porch, my front porch, the water was chin high, up to my chin. … We all had to walk out into the water and into the wind to the neighbor’s house,” Lowe told CNN.
He did not realized just how deep the flooding was.
“I was terrified. I didn’t realize the water was that deep. I was thinking maybe knee deep. It wasn’t until I stepped off and I realized, oh, I wonder if it gets deeper because that means I have to swim with him, you know what I mean. But thankfully it didn’t get over my head,” he continued.
It took about five minutes for Lowe to walk though the water to the neighbor’s house although it felt far longer. They finally made it to the neighbor’s house and stayed there until they could be taken to a shelter, according to The New York Times.
Lowe was evacuated to Nassau on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and received dialysis treatment three times a week. His son has had to remain in Abaco, where he is being cared for by his sister-in-law. The future is uncertain for Lowe and his family.
“You know, I’m 49 years old. My son is 24 years old. I’ve been disabled for 11 years. And all the time I’ve never asked anybody for anything. I just went about me and my family and took care of my family, me and my kids with the help of my ex-wife and we did it,” Lowe said.
Because of the devastation of the storm on Abaco, they won’t be able to go home for a long time. As have many others throughout the country, Lowe and his family have been left homeless, they don’t even have a home of their own after the hurricane.
“We need a place to go. I don’t know exactly what we are going to do. We need help,” he added.