"He mattered way more than I did"

Lying in her hospital bed, Christina Simoes knows she may never walk again, but she says she’s thankful she and her toddler son are alive after she jumped from a burning building with him in her arms.

When fire broke out Wednesday in their apartment complex, Simoes, 23, realized there was only one way to save her 18-month-old son, Cameron.

“I grabbed my son and I held him as tight as I could to my chest and I gave him a kiss and a hug, and I told him I loved him and I jumped out the window,” Simoes told CBS Boston Sunday from her hospital bed.

“I didn’t think about it. All I was thinking about was getting him out of there. He mattered way more than I did,” she said.