When the unimaginable happened, Jennifer Duncan sacrificed her own safety to protect her 8-month-old son.
Jennifer Duncan was driving down the highway with her 8-month-old son, Daniel, strapped into his car seat in back when she got into a fender bender on a busy bridge. She took Daniel out of the vehicle and held him in her arms while she stood safely off to the side to wait for first responders.
But then the unthinkable happened: Another vehicle crashed into one of the stopped cars, sending it smashing into Jennifer and Daniel and launching them off the bridge. As the mother and son hurtled towards the ground 30 feet below, Jennifer instinctively wrapped her body around Daniel in order to shield him from the eventual impact. Not only did the move save the little boy's life, but he survived with only a tiny scratch.
"My main concern was keeping him safe, making sure he was going to be okay," she told KCTV 5. "I just tried to grab as tight as I can to him."
What a hero!
Sadly, Jennifer's courageous act in the middle of a nightmare scenario did not go without sacrifice. According to a GoFundMe page set up in her name, the fall resulted in major injuries for the brave mama. Her left leg was broken and had to be amputated just below the knee, her pelvis was shattered, and she sustained serious internal injuries—which have already required 14 surgeries in seven months, and will likely require more.
So far, Jennifer has spent two months in the hospital and one month in rehab. But while her recovery has been long and filled with many challenges—both physical and emotional—she says it's her son Daniel who keeps her going.
"I don't give up because I know he's looking at me to be his role model," she explained. "I just try to keep moving forward and living each day as if we're still blessed the same way we were seven months ago."
Such an amazing attitude!
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If you'd like to help this amazing mama raise money for a prosthetic leg so she can one day walk again, visit the GoFundMe page set up by her friends and family.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter