As moms we often say we’d give our lives for our children. Fortunately, most of us don’t have to literally do that … but one Massachusetts woman came frighteningly close.
Mindy Tran, 22, told ABC News that she lay on the ground in front of her Honda Accord to stop it from rolling into the street. Her twin girls, age 2, were buckled up inside when the car — which somehow wasn’t in gear, firefighters later said — started to roll.
Tran said she used her body as “a speed bump to stop the car.”
A neighbor helped get the girls out of the car. They were, fortunately, not injured. Tran survived, but she was far from unscathed. She said she crushed her knee, injured her hips, and dislocated a shoulder. She’ll have to face surgery and physical therapy.
“I don’t consider myself a hero,” she told ABC News. “I am just a mother.”
I disagree: Tran is a hero. She identifies as a mother first, but was she really doing what any other mother would have done? Maybe, maybe not. Who would have frozen and watched helplessly as the car rolled into the street? Who would have tried other, less effective means to stop the car?
When it comes to “just mothers” who do amazing things to save their children, Tran is far from alone. Remember the Indiana mom who shielded her kids from a tornado and lost her legs in the process? Or the many parents, over the years, who have rushed into burning homes to rescue their children? And then there was the Quebec woman who actually wrestled a polar bear to save her 7-year-old son.
I don’t know if heroism is just part and parcel of being a loving mom. I’d like to think that it is but, at the very least, the rest of us moms have Tran and her peers to look up to.
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