An Alberta woman is speaking out after she rushed to save her three young children from a falling tree branch, leaving her paralyzed.
27 year old Jessica Dicks from Athabasca was camping with her family two hours north of Edmonton back in July when she heard a branch crack. She rushed to the tent where her young daughters were. She protected them but the branch landed on her. Now she’s paralyzed and may never walk again.
But Dicks tells Global News she’d do it all over again to save her kids.
“It’s hard to remember a lot of it, almost all of it. But I know why I did it. I think any mother would do it, and I would do it again if I had to. If that tree did what it did to me as a full grown adult I can’t imagine what it would have done to one of them.”
Dicks suffered a severe spinal injury, fractures, broken ribs, a crushed sternum and a collapsed lung among other injuries. She was in an induced coma for three weeks.
It will still be months before she is able to go home.
“I would rather be in this chair doing recovery than in a normal chair watching my babies in a hospital bed. That would be unbearable, this is tolerable-I can live with this.”