HAVERHILL, Mass. - Lying in her hospital bed, Christina Simoes knows she may never walk again, but she says she's thankful she and her toddler son are alive after she jumped from a burning building with him in her arms.
When fire broke out Wednesday in their apartment complex, Simoes, 23, realized there was only one way to save her 18-month-old son, Cameron.
"I grabbed my son and I held him as tight as I could to my chest and I gave him a kiss and a hug, and I told him I loved him and I jumped out the window," Simoes told CBS Boston Sunday from her hospital bed. "I didn't think about it. All I was thinking about was getting him out of there.
He mattered way more than I did," she said. Simoes said she was lying in the bed with Cameron when she saw smoke in her window and jumped up. "That's when I saw the flames were only 10 feet away from where I was standing," Simoes recalled. With the fire spreading rapidly, Simoes said, she had no choice but to jump from a second-story balcony, holding on to Cameron for dear life.