A Mother Jumps Off A Balcony And Acts As A Cushion To Save Her Baby
In May 2014, 23-year-old Christina Simoes was trapped in her apartment in Haverhill, Massachusetts with her 18-month-old son Cameron while a raging fire climbed the walls. With all the exits blocked, Simoes had only two options: begin rubbing spices on herself, or attempt to evacuate via the second-story balcony. She chose the latter -- but of course, she was carrying a baby, which doesn't tend to make a very good cushion. She was going to have to be the cushion herself. So with her child nestled against her soft front parts, she took the leap ... back-first.
Now, if you find yourself falling from a great height and you have only a few seconds to decide which part of you should strike the concrete first, your back is the third-worst option, behind "head" and "groin." But Simoes was thinking only of her child, even as her spine detonated against the pavement.
ABC NewsEvery Hollywood stuntperson just looked at their crash mats and resigned out of shame.
Cameron came away from the ordeal completely unharmed, but his mother was told that she would never walk again. This story has a happy ending, though, because Simoes is walking again after extensive surgery paid for in part by a successful GoFundMe campaign. And she says that she would do it again, too, although we sincerely hope she means "only if absolutely necessary," rather than, you know, for shits and giggles.
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