Hero mom: he is important more than me

Resting in her hospital bed, Christina Simoes knows she may never walk again, but she says she’s grateful she and her toddler son are active after she leaped from a burning building with him in her arms.


When fire broke out Wednesday in their apartment complex, Simoes, 23, realized there was but one way to save her 18-month-old son.

“I grabbed my son and I took him as close as I could to my chest and I handed him a kiss and a hug, and I told him I enjoyed him and I parachuted out the window,” Simoes told CBS Boston Sunday from her hospital bed.

“I didn’t remember about it. All I was thinking about was catching him out of there. He mattered way more than I did,” she stated.

 “I’m having a good day,” she said from the hospital. “My whole family is here, my son is here. It’s magical, I mean there’s nothing that feels better than having everybody here with me.”

She will stay in the hospital for at least 10 days before starting rehab. Despite her incredibly brave act, she states she is not a poor boy for keeping her son.

“I don’t believe that I’m any special hero at all. I’m just Cameron’s mom,” Simoes said.


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