Mom Breaks Back in 3-Story Jump to Save Baby
Massachusetts woman jumped from third-floor cradling her son
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2014 12:13 PM CDT
An image of Christina Simoes and her son from a Go Fund Me page.   (Go Fund Me)

(Newser) – 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.)

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May 10, 2014 9:40 AM CDT
Remember that upper-middle-class, older mom who hung her special-needs child over the edge of an African Wild Dog pit, then let him go? (Derkosh) All she did was scream for attention as the dogs mauled her child. AND now the same "mother" is allowed to have another child.... Maybe Maddox Derkosh's over-privileged, late-in-life, WASP-y mom can learn some lesson from someone fit to be called a TRUE mother. The hero of this story had this child at 20, probably has struggles in her life, is demographically no where near the wealth/privilege of the Derkosh family, but she didn't hesitate to act to save her son. Best of wishes to you Christina, I hope you regain your ability to walk, but if not- you performed a true selfless act to save your child, and that will be remembered forever.
May 9, 2014 11:54 PM CDT
This mom is a complete hero to her baby and she is an amazing influence to other people, especially other mothers.
May 9, 2014 7:51 PM CDT
Must have hurt like a mothah. Sad story to hear she can't walk but damn happy she and the kid lived.