A mother is being hailed a hero after saving her 18-month-old son from a burning building by jumping out a third-story window with him in her arms.
Christina Simoes suffered serious injuries, including broken vertebrae, after she jumped with her son Cameron.
The fire tore through multiple units in Simoes’ apartment complex in Haverhill, Mass., and left the young mother and her child trapped in their apartment.
With the flames and smoke spreading, Simoes grabbed her son and jumped out of the window while trying to cushion Cameron from the fall.
“I just knew we were either going to die or we were going to get out of there,” Simoes told ABC News. “Once I got to the window and looked down and I knew what I had to do.”
Even after Simoes landed, her ordeal wasn’t over.