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Haverhill mother spends Mother's Day with son she saved

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HAVERHILL, Mass. (WHDH) - The mother who jumped out of a burning building with her son got a special visit in the hospital for Mother's Day.

Christina Simoes wasn't planning on spending the holiday in the hospital, but she was grateful to spend it with her 18-month-old son, Cameron.

"I brought him in and her face lit up...she teared up...it was just great," said Tyler Strangman, Cameron's father.

Simoes was home in Haverhill with Cameron on Wednesday when she started smelling smoke in her apartment. The building was engulfed in flames and fire was blocking the door. The only way out was through the third-story window.

Simoes wrapped her arms around Cameron and jumped. The boy only suffered a small bump on the head. Simoes broke her back when she hit the ground. She was flown to Beth Israel and spent more than five hours in surgery.

At first she couldn't move her legs, but now there is small movement.

Her husband-to-be, Strangman, knew how determined Simoes was.

"She'll walk again," he said. "You have to with a little boy like that just to keep up."
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