Mom who shielded baby during 30-foot fall from overpass loses leg

Posted at 3:33 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 17:33:00-04

WACO, Texas -- The mother who shielded her baby as they fell from a bridge after a traffic accident in Waco, Texas had to have one of her legs amputated, KXXV reported.

Jennifer Duncan was driving her eight-month-old son Daniel to daycare earlier this month when she got into an accident.

As Jennifer and her son waited outside of their car for help -- tragedy struck.

"Another vehicle had stopped to shield them from oncoming traffic. She was standing in front of that vehicle on the shoulder when that vehicle was rear ended," attorney Jonathan Stark said.

The vehicle knocked Jennifer and her son off the bridge.

They fell 30 feet to the street below.

Incredibly, the child was not hurt. Jennifer had cradled Daniel while falling, shielding him from the impact.

"You know Jennifer is a remarkable young lady and that she was able to again, whether by instinct or conscious decision totally forgo her own safety to protect that baby is remarkable," Stark said.

Jennifer wasn't so fortunate.

Her leg was severed below the knee and had to be amputated.

She also suffered a shattered pelvis and internal injuries.

Click here to follow Jennifer's story online.