A Massachusetts mom who saved her twins by lying down in front of her runaway car is in rehab this week and facing more surgery.
"They're doing what they can for me," Mindy Tran, 22, told USA Today Network. "I'm in a wheelchair because my legs are not weight bearing."
On March 6, the day of the incident, her 2-year-old twin girls, Saleen and Sydney, were buckled in the back seat of her Honda Accord at the top of their steep driveway. Tran says she put the car in park and got out to lock her front door. That's when the car started to roll downhill toward traffic.
She ran in front of the car and tried to hold it as long as she could, but she said the weight overpowered her.
"I wasn't going to be able to hold it any longer, so I laid down." The street at the bottom of the driveway comes directly off the highway, she said, and always has a lot of cars on it. "With the traffic, I knew I had to stop it."
By throwing herself in front of the car's wheels, she slowed it down enough so that a neighbor could get in and turn off the car.
"Firefighters responded to the apartment and they stabilized the car with wooden blocks and then used an air bag to lift the car off Tran," Lawrence (Mass.) Fire Department Chief John Marsh told ABC News. She was airlifted to a Boston-area hospital, he said. "It is an unfortunate accident and somehow her car wasn't in gear."
Doctors have assured her that she'll walk again because she continues to have feeling in her feet, according to Tran.
"All my nerves seem to be intact," she said. The incident left her with pelvic fractures, a crushed knee, a dislocated hip and a separated shoulder. She's had several surgeries and will have at least one more, although the details are still being ironed out.
"Everything's up in the air. We don't know what's going to happen yet," she said.
She said, however, that she is worried about the medical expenses associated with the incident and has set up an online campaign to help her raise money.
She does know that her girls are safe. They've been to visit her several times in the hospital.
"They're with my mother. They're good. They're safe. They're happy," Tran said.
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