A Haverhill, Mass., mother may never walk again after jumping from a burning building with her 18-month-old son in her arms.
23-year-old Christina Simoes was alarmed when a fire broke out in her apartment complex on Wednesday. She noticed the smoke as she was lying in bed with her son Cameron.
Without thinking twice, she grabbed Cameron.
"That's when I saw the flames were only 10 feet away from where I was standing,” she told CBS Boston Sunday from her hospital bed.
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"I grabbed my son and I held him as tight as I could to my chest and I gave him a kiss and a hug, and I told him I loved him and I jumped out the window," Simoes described.
"I didn't think about it. All I was thinking about was getting him out of there. He mattered way more than I did," she said.
Simoes jumped from her second-story balcony, holding on tight to her baby.
Cameron survived without a scratch.
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Simoes, on the other hand, suffered severe back injuries. Doctors aren’t sure if she’ll be able to walk again. She will stay in the hospital for at least 10 days before starting rehab to try and regain her mobility.
On Mother’s Day, Simoes said she was thankful to be with her family, despite her injuries and the pain she was in.
"I'm having a good day," she said from the hospital. "My whole family is here, my son is here. It's magical, I mean there's nothing that feels better than having everybody here with me."
The brave mom said she didn’t think her act had been heroic.
"I don't think that I'm any special hero at all. I'm just Cameron's mom," Simoes said.
Simoes will have to undergo hours of surgery as doctors investigate whether she has permanent nerve damage.
"There's no way that my life would be more valuable than his," Simoes told WCVB. "All the pain, everything that I'm going to have to go through is worth it to see him be able to run around and to play."
Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.