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Mother Leaps From Burning Building With Toddler In Arms

A fire in Massachusetts forced a woman to jump from a third floor window with her 18-month-old son, Cameron, tucked in her arms.

Christina Simoes and her son, Cameron. Credit: WHDH/7News
Christina Simoes and her son, Cameron. Credit: WHDH/7News
By Jason Claffey

HAVERHILL, Mass
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Christina Simoes, 24, said the fire was blocking her door and the only way out was to jump with her 18-month-old son, Cameron, tucked in her arms.

"There just wasn’t enough time to wait for a firefighter," she told WHDH/7News. "So I grabbed Cameron and I gave him a kiss and then I jumped."

The boy suffered only a small bump on his head. Simoes was seriously hurt; she broke several vertebrae in the fall. She then crawled away from the burning building.

"I just kept telling him to run but he’s too little to know what that means," Simoes said. "I was crawling on my elbows, ashes and debris falling on me."

Simoes has had trouble moving her legs but she hopes she will be able to walk again. She said it was all worth it.

"There's no way that my life would be more valuable than his," Simoes told WCVB-TV. "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."

On Mother's Day, Cameron visited his mother at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

"Her face lit up...she teared up," Tyler Strangman, Cameron's father, told WHDH.

GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit the family and has already raised more than $14,000. 

Authorities said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Brainwashed_In_Church May 12, 2014 at 09:56 PM
I'd bet 99.9999% of mothers would do the same thing.
Clare Johnson May 13, 2014 at 06:26 AM
Probably, but here is one who proved it. ♡
Mattie May 13, 2014 at 09:55 AM
This is why homes and other dwellings with bedrooms above the ground floor should have window ladders on hand in each bedroom closet so in case of fire, a window can be opened (or broken out) and the ladder can be used to climb down, or for someone to climb up and help them out. This is a simple solution that can save lives... even kids could be taught how to hook the ladder to the window sill, throw the other end out the window and climb down.
Jane May 13, 2014 at 05:55 PM
When we moved into a 2 story house when I was 10 years old, in Houston Texas, my dad put a rope ladder next to my bedroom window. Once per year we had a fire drill, where I had to throw that rope ladder out of my bedroom window, and climb down. It was scary. Luckily we never had a real fire.

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