Falling off a bridge and plummeting 30 feet through the air, Jennifer Duncan had only one instinct: saving her son. What had just happened?
Jennifer, 23, and her eight-month-old son had been driving to kindergarten as they did every day. While crossing the bridge, however, they had a fender bender and stopped at the side of the road with another car to wait for the police. She and her baby were safely at the edge of the bridge, or so she thought.
Suddenly another car crossing the bridge lost control and ran into the one parked right in front of them, pushing them over the bridge’s railing. As they fell 30 feet to the pavement below, Jennifer instinctually wrapped herself around her son, becoming a human shield to protect him.
It worked. Her baby boy not only survived the fall but wasn’t injured at all.
Jennifer, however, had made a heavy sacrifice. She was still alive, which was a good start. But while her instant reaction had done exactly what she intended, her own life will never be the same. She was taken to the hospital with a broken pelvis, nine broken bones in her back, fractures in her legs and ribs, arm injuries and more.
She ended up losing one leg, spending months in the hospital and many, many more in rehab to learn to walk with her prosthetic leg. In total she underwent 14 surgeries.
“My main concern was keeping him safe, making sure he was going to be okay,” Jennifer recalled later. “I just took like one second and – seeing that we were falling – I just tried to grab as tight as I can to him.”
Friends started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for her costly treatment and you can hardly imagine someone more deserving.