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A mother's stunning sacrifice: So worth it


Mother's Sacrifice: So Worth It

BOSTON -The young Haverhill mother who jumped from her burning apartment with her toddler told NewsCenter 5 her injuries were so severe, she may never be able to walk again, WCVB reports.


A Haverhill woman was forced to grab her son and leap from a third floor window Wednesday as a massive apartment fire inched closer.

From her hospital bed, Christina Simoes, 23, said she went through a six-hour surgery and doctors don't know if she will have permanent nerve damage.

"I'm not doing too great, but I'm alive," she said.

She described her life-and-death decision to grab her son and jump from their third-floor apartment Wednesday.

"I knew it was my only way out," she said. "I kissed him and told him I loved him and then I jumped."

Simoes said she lost feeling in her legs when she hit the ground and then had to use her arms to crawl out of the way of falling debris as her building burned.

Her brave and daring decision has prompted an outpouring of support from NewsCenter 5 viewers.

Thousands of people have shared her story on our Facebook page calling Simoes an amazing mother who "defines motherhood in every sense of the word."

A GoFundMe page was also set up to benefit Simoes and her son.

She reunited with her 18-month-old son Camron in the hospital Thursday afternoon.

"This is the longest he's been away from her," her boyfriend Tyler Strangman said.

She said she was thankful to see he was not seriously hurt.

"It's so worth it because he's OK," she said. "It's amazing to see him perfectly fine and playing."



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hey May 12 2014 at 12:15 PM

a true mother, i will pray for your recovery

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debnaert May 12 2014 at 2:07 PM

There is NOTHING like a mother's LOVE for her children. And for this to happen on Mother's day is outstanding. Good luck to her medically. I have a hunch she WILL walk again because she is TOUGH! Prayers to her!

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FordChick12x May 12 2014 at 2:08 PM

people on here bashing her for where she lives or how her baby isn't "that cute" never seem to amaze me. Either you aren't a parent, or you are a piss poor one. This young mother sacrificed her life for her child's. Who cares where she lived?!?! Everyone goes through a struggle at one point or another in their life. So instead of bashing her over stupid reasons that don't even matter, how about you grow up and applaud this woman for taking a leap of faith and in turn saving her child's and her own life vs just letting them both burn to death. You negative people are ridiculous. There is nothing in this world more precious than our kids. Maybe one day some of you will learn to put others first and get over yourselves.

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Bob May 12 2014 at 2:24 PM

Lady, you are what Mother's Day is all about. My hat is off to you!

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IDASBESTD May 12 2014 at 2:32 PM

You know you hear stories everyday how a parent abused, tortured or even killed their child. This woman on the other hand is a parent that loved her child so much that she was willing to sacrifice her life for him. Which as it should be. She thought fast, protected her child and they are both alive to make beautiful memories together. Hopefully everything works out for the mother and she can get the help she will need. And the smiles will return to her face.

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fataeditor May 12 2014 at 2:34 PM

God bless you. You are a remarkable woman!

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pmrspnj2 May 12 2014 at 2:34 PM

only a mother could do this to save her child !

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Bob May 12 2014 at 2:42 PM

In the Name of Yahweh Yeshua bar Yosef bin David, Healing Virtue, flow into the body of Christina Simoes. Supernaturally fast Healing, be manifested in Christina Simoes.

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....MR. FARMER Bob May 12 2014 at 3:58 PM

AMEN !

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hankbrilliant May 12 2014 at 2:47 PM

Jumping from three stories is absolutely Amazing! I hope she's able to walk so that she can chase around after her kid.

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bb4cpr May 12 2014 at 3:03 PM

God bless you and your baby

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