HAVERHILL, Mass. (WHDH) -
One month after jumping from a burning building to save her toddler’s life Christina Simoes is taking her first steps.
7News was the only station at Whittier Rehabilitation Center as Simoes got up and moving around with the help of a walker.
“To go from hearing ‘you’re never going to walk again and you’ll never be able to do this and do that’ to being able to stand up on my own and walk with a walker it makes me proud of myself,” Simoes said.
It was an emotional milestone for the 24-year-old Haverhill mom. She broke her back and initially lost feeling in her legs after jumping from her third floor apartment building with her son, Cameron, while her apartment complex was raging with fire.
“I grabbed him and hugged him, kissed him and said ‘here we go’ and I jumped,” she said.
Christina has been working her way back at the Whittier Rehabilitation Center in Haverhill where doctors give her an excellent prognosis.
“She has a very good prognosis to walk independently again in the very near future,” Dr. Paul Liguori said.
Christina says she was angry to hear the fire was started by the careless disposal of a cigarette.
“Not just for me but there were 18 other families that lost everything they ever had,” Simoes said.
Christina thanks everyone who donated to her GoFundMe page online.
As for Cameron, he barley suffered a scratch from the jump.
Simoes says despite her injuries, she would do it all again to save her son.
“That’s what’s pushing me every day to get better; just the love that I have for him. That’s the same love that it took for me to get him out of that building,” she said.
When Simoes can walk on her own she said the first thing she will do is pick up her son and give him a big kiss.