Mothers would do anything for their children. They are even willing to put their life on the line just for their kids. Christina Simoes is just that kind of parent, so when she and her baby were caught in a life-and-death situation, she risked her life to save her 18-month-old son.
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Christina, who is 23 years old, ended up with a broken back after saving the life of her son, Camron. Everything was fine until a fire swept through the Haverhill, Massachusetts, apartment complex they were staying in. Renting a room at the building’s second floor, Christina knew by then that the only way to save her baby was to make jump from their room’s balcony.
When she saw that the fire and smoke were pouring out of every window, Christina decided to do what was inevitable. Without second thoughts, she held her son and wrapped him around her arms, told him that she loved him, and then leaped from the balcony all the way to the ground.
She then shouted and told her son to run to safety while she dragged herself to get away from the fire. She ended up breaking several vertebrae in her back as a result from the fall.
The brave mom’s heroic act left her paralyzed. She was told that there’s also a possibility that she might never walk again. But she’s still happy, knowing that her son didn’t have any injuries. According to her, she knew that if she didn’t get them out of there, both of them would have been dead by now.
In an effort to save her from being paralyzed for life, doctors performed surgery on Christina, which lasted for six hours. Tyler Strangman, Christina’s boyfriend, remained by her side throughout the procedure. Although doctors were still unsure if she would completely recover, the family remained positive, especially that they saw Christina’s toes wiggle.
A GoFundMe page was also set up by well-wishers to help Christina and her family pay her medical bills, and it has now raised more than $13,000.
While people kept on praising her for what she did, Christina said that she was not trying to be a hero but was simply playing the role of a mother willing to do everything for the sake of her son.