A Massachusetts mother threw herself in front of her car as it began to roll into oncoming traffic with her toddler twins inside.
Mindy Tran, 22, used her body as a “speed bump” to save her twin daughters Saleen and Sydney on March 6. She's been in the hospital ever since, recovering from a broken leg and dislocated hip and shoulder.
“My daughters and I are all right and keeping our heads up,” she told ABC News. “I’m lucky to be alive.”
Tran just moved her family into a new apartment this month after living in a shelter.
“It felt like I was starting a new life,” she told ABC from her hospital room. “The girls had started at daycare and we just moved in. It seems like when things are going too well, something bad will happen.”
She had just buckled her 2-year-olds into the backseat, when the car began rolling.
“I laid down horizontally, using my body as a speed bump to stop the car,” she said.
The car rolled over her, leaving her injured and stuck beneath it. Then a neighbor came to her aid, jumping inside and putting the car in park.
“My neighbor jumped in and he asked what I wanted them to do,” she said. “I said make sure my daughter’s got out of the car safely.”
“Firefighters responded to the apartment and they stabilized the car with wooden blocks and then used an airbag to lift the car off Tran,” said Lawrence Fire Department Chief John Marsh.
Tran was airlifted to a Boston-area hospital. There was no damage to the car.
“We’ve seen something like this before,” Marsh said. “It is an unfortunate accident and somehow her car wasn’t in gear.”
“I don’t consider myself a hero,” Tran said. “I am just a mother.”
Tran cannot walk and is expected to be hospitalized for several more weeks.
“I crushed my knee, injured my hips and dislocated a shoulder,” she said.
The medical facility has offered to let the twins throw a party there for their birthday, April 13.