Simon, his wife, Athena, and their three children, Marissa, Haley, and Xavier, all lived through a devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma nearly 10 years ago. The parents say Xavier, who was 9 at the time, was never the same after he was pulled from the rubble of his school.
“Of the seven kids that passed that day, six of them were in his class, just inches away from him,” Athena says.

“Even though he did survive that day, he was injured. It just changed him,” Simon says.
In the video above, the family describes what they experienced during the tornado.
Weeks before the fifth anniversary of the tornado, Xavier died by suicide.
On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “Overcoming Disaster,” the family describes how Xavier changed after surviving the tornado. And, hear Dr. Phil’s advice for moving forward after tragedy. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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