When a fire broke out in her apartment building Wednesday, Christina Simoes ended up trapped in a bedroom of her third-story residence with her 18-month-old son. At that point, the 23-year-old went to the window and did the only thing she could: "I grabbed my son and I gave him a kiss," the Massachusetts woman tells MyFox Boston. "Told him I love him and then I jumped." Simoes landed on her feet but immediately collapsed because she had broken her back. But her son Cameron, whom she had cradled the entire time, was fine.
Simoes underwent a six-hour surgery, but doctors aren't sure whether she will walk again given the extensive damage to her vertebrae, reports WCVB. "It's so worth it because he's OK," says Simoes of her son. "It's amazing to see him perfectly fine and playing." Supporters moved by the story have set up a Go Fund Me page to help with medical bills. (A heroic mom last month bit off a dog's ear to save her daughter.)