Mothers would do absolutely anything to protect their children from danger, so when one New York mom realized a massive 75-foot tall tree was about to crush her young children, she was ready to sacrifice herself to save them.
Earlier this week, 39-year-old Anne Monoky Goldman was out for a morning walk with her three young sons and her 41-day-old baby in New York’s Central Park. “All of a sudden we heard a branch cracking and it turned out to be this giant tree falling on her and her kids,” a bystander said.
Monoky Goldman realized her kids were about to be crushed so she used her body to shield them as much as possible, “She was lying on her back, the stroller was off a couple of feet in front of her, that was also twisted up in the branches,” said Joseph Tomeo of the NYPD Mounted Unit. Monoky Goldman suffered a fractured vertebrae and was in critical condition at the scene but is expected to survive. Her kids, however, have only minor injuries thanks to her bravery.
“It’s a little more emotional when children are involved, especially since a lot of us have children of our own. I have a son the same age as the 2-year-old, so it was definitely heartbreaking to see this,” mounted police officer Megan O’Leary said. Despite the upsetting scene, police and good Samaritans acted quickly to lift the tree off Monoky Goldman and comfort her kids.
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