7 Mothers Who Went Insane (To Protect Their Kids)

Consider these women the John McClanes of the mothering world.
7 Mothers Who Went Insane (To Protect Their Kids)

Your mom rocks. She's always been there for you, she makes a mean macaroni and cheese, she's a tiger in the sack -- truly, she's the whole package. But how far would she go for you, really? Sure, she'll yell at the principal for confiscating your homemade dart gun, but would she enter an inferno? Die Hard some terrorists? Dropkick a tiger? Some mothers would ...

A Mother Jumps Off A Balcony And Acts As A Cushion To Save Her Baby

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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.

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Every 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.

A Mom Goes Mike Tyson On A Dog Attacking Her Daughter

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In 2014, Chelsi Camp was pet-sitting for a family friend when the dog abruptly transformed from panting doofus into small-child shredder. Camp decided to fight back with the only weapons that nature granted to us pitiful humans: her fists and teeth. This wasn't Queen's Rules boxing, either: At one point, Chelsi bit off the dog's goddamn ear. After it finally released her daughter, Camp continued the attack by punching it in the throat ... from the inside. She rammed her fist down its mouth, hopefully while snarling "eat me."

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Real-life superheroes should be required to quip as much as the made-up ones.

Camp's daughter was taken to the hospital and survived her injuries, as did Camp herself. To this day, she remains the Undisputed International Mom vs. Dog Champion.

The Elderly Woman Who Carried Her Daughter Out Of A Fire

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In June 2015, Allene Callahan awoke to find that her house was on fire, which is generally a bad thing to happen when you're inside of it. Naturally, she followed her motherly instincts and carried her daughter to safety. What makes this story amazing is that Allene Callahan is 87 years old, and her daughter is 67 and suffers from cerebral palsy. Oh, and Callahan was also recovering from a heart attack at the time.

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WSB-TV Atlanta
Think about that next time you complain about making two trips to the car when bringing in the groceries.

Callahan grabbed a hose and started spraying down the flames blocking her escape. After clearing an exit, she somehow managed to pick up her immobile, fully adult daughter and carry her to safety. They didn't make it out.

Oh no, don't start that suicide note yet; we didn't mean it that way. Fire and rescue crews arrived so quickly that the pair didn't get a chance to exit the house first. When they found Callahan, she was only most of the way to achieving what skilled firefighters are trained to do, decades after retirement, and with a heart condition.

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We're surprised she didn't lift a couple firefighters too, just to show she could.

Mothers Who Threw Themselves Under Cars For Their Children

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When it comes down to a fight between a human being and a car, the car usually wins. Usually, but not always. Just ask Joy Veron, who was featured on Oprah after a viral video came out of her throwing herself under an SUV in order to save her kids from a fiery, action-movie-style death.

During a family vacation, she got out of the vehicle while her three kids were still inside, without realizing that the parking brake wasn't fully on. The SUV began to roll backwards toward a very inconveniently-located cliff. Joy ran in front of the vehicle to stop it, but a human body was no match for a ton of rolling steel under momentum, so she was dragged under the wheels, which snapped her back. Luckily, her spine was enough of a speed bump to slow the SUV, so Joy's father could catch up and hit the brakes.

Joy is stuck in a wheelchair for life, but her kids survived to experience puberty and awkward prom dates. We're sure they'll be thankful for it someday.

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Joy Veron
She has a photographic mic drop for any and all sentences starting with, "But Moooooom--"

The same thing happened to 22-year-old Mindy Tran of Lawrence, Massachusetts who in 2014 put her car in park and got out, assuming for some reason that it was "parked." It began to roll backward toward heavy traffic while her two daughters were secured in the back. Tran dived behind the moving car, breaking one leg and dislocating the other, but managed to slow it enough for neighbors to get inside and bring it to a complete stop.

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They presumably removed the tires just in case.

So if there's one lesson we learned here, it's that human beings make better parking brakes than actual parking brakes.

7 Mothers Who Went Insane (To Protect Their Kids)

An Anonymous Mother Throws Herself Onto Train Tracks To Protect Her Child

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British Transport Police

Imagine strapping your child into a stroller and turning your back for a second, only to find it rolling into the path of an oncoming train when you turn around. It sounds like a nightmare, but that's exactly what happened in London in 2014. The identity of the baby and mother in question is unknown, but camera footage at the train station reveals the terrible moment that a gust of wind pushed the stroller toward the tracks, Final Destination-style.

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British Transport Police
That guy totally would've helped, but the "Purple Rain" solo just started, and nothing interrupts that.

The mother launched into action by throwing herself in front of the oncoming train without a second thought -- which is noble, though we cannot endorse it as a sound plan of action. Trains need bigger parking brakes than, say, cars. Luckily, both were rescued before they could become train food. We, uh ... we don't really know how trains work.

A Mom In India Saves Her Son From A Landslide, And The Son's Crying Then Saves Others

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In July 2014, heavy rain in the Indian village of Malin caused a landslide so severe that it basically wiped out the entire community, like God shaking an Etch-a-Sketch. Over a hundred people died, but it could have been a lot more if not for baby Rudra Lemde, who wouldn't stop crying, as babies are wont to do. Especially if you put them in front of a landslide. But the fact that Rudra survived to cry at all came down to the quick thinking of his mother, Pramila.

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Who thankfully didn't dismiss the wailing with "Oh, he's just gassy."

Pramila was feeding Rudra when she heard a sound like thunder, which was in fact the nearby mountain quitting its one and only job of continuing to be a mountain. Pramila threw herself over her child and protected him as the mudslide overtook them. They stayed buried in the muck for upwards of eight hours while rescue crews searched for survivors.

Reportedly, it was the incessant crying of the baby that led the crews not only to Pramila and her child, but also to several other nearby victims. Who presumably immediately asked to be seated away from the crying baby.

A Mother Saves Her Kids From A Monster Tornado

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When a tornado landed in Indiana in March of 2012, Stephanie Decker and her two young children were smack-dab in the path of destruction. She did what you're supposed to do and led her family into the basement, but this wasn't one of those tornadoes that moves a dog a yard over before petering out. This was a Category 4. The tornado scale does not range from 0 to 10 -- it tops out at 5. A Category 4 is just short of "peel your skin off and bury it in a tree three states over." Like, maybe only two states over.

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Pictured: the Decker living room in Indiana. Not pictured: the Decker kitchen in Colorado, and the Decker bathroom in Minnesota.

Decker threw a comforter over her kids and leaped on top of it, hoping that soft cotton and supple human flesh would be enough to deflect both the forces of nature and the weight of an entire house crashing down on top of them. Fortunately, she was right ... sort of. The storm destroyed their house, but both children were spared without injury. Decker took the full brunt of the collapsing debris on her body, mostly her legs. When the tornado passed, Decker was pinned under the rubble. She sent her children to seek help, but she fully expected that she was going to die.

Joke's on you, Stephanie! You get to live! Rescuers discovered her in the debris with a punctured lung, broken ribs, and two ruined legs. Decker now uses prosthetic legs and gives TED talks about how she lost them while smacking a damn tornado away from her children.

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She uses the new ones to walk with her children in the Oval Office.

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