Jennifer and Baby Daniel’s Story

Jennifer Duncan and her son, Daniel, survived the unthinkable.

On the morning of May 16, 2016, Jennifer was on her way to drop off eight month old baby Daniel when she was involved in a fender bender atop a busy bridge in Waco, Texas. After getting out of her vehicle and removing Daniel from his carseat she attempted to find a safe place to stand away from the involved cars. As she waited for first responders to arrive an approaching vehicle collided with another vehicle which had pulled to the side of the bridge. The idle vehicle was struck with such force that it launched into Jennifer and baby Daniel throwing them from the bridge where they fell approximately 30 feet smashing into the asphalt below.

In an instant, Jennifer created a human cocoon around Daniel and shielded him from the impact of the fall. Whether her response to protect Daniel was instinct or a conscious decision under unbelievable circumstances, the result was a miracle that all of us continue to thank God for. Baby Daniel experienced no serious injuries from the fall! Literally, just a scratch.

But Jennifer’s heroic act for her son did not go without great personal sacrifice to her own well-being. The impact from the vehicle that struck Jennifer and baby Daniel combined with the impact from the fall resulted in catastrophic injuries. Her left leg was severed just below the knee, her pelvis was shattered and she sustained serious internal injuries. These injuries have already required several surgeries and will likely require more.

Jennifer’s recovery will be long and filled with many challenges. We are hopeful that as she heals she’ll be able to walk again but the transition to a prosthetic leg will be a physical and emotional battle. Jennifer will be hospitalized for a significant amount of time and undergo years of physical therapy and treatment as a result of her injuries. This will significantly impact her ability to care for Daniel and she’ll need all the help she can get. The financial burden to Jennifer and her family will be monumental. It’s realistic to expect that her medical bills will top $1,000,000 and we know that the likelihood of insurance covering all her bills is highly unlikely.

So, Jennifer and Daniel need your help. Please consider supporting their recovery generously and please spread the word about Jennifer’s miracle. If you would like to donate, please visit our Make a Donation page. Thank You!

21 thoughts on “Jennifer and Baby Daniel’s Story

  1. Jennifer you are a true warrior! God has a plan and a purpose for you and your son, allow HIM to use you for His Glory. You are AWESOME!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you so very much God has blessed my son and I with life he is now one and doesn’t know I ever had two legs at one time thank you

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  2. You are a wonderful mother to shield your baby from that horrific fall. God will have great rewards for you. I will pray for quick healing for you. We need more mom’s like you in this world we live in! God is good!

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  3. What an awesome miracle. Just keep praying!! You are and will be a great inspiration to your children! Gods speed in your recovery!! Take care!

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  4. This story is so heartfelt and has a huge impact on all of us a a society especially all of us mothers. I hope that you heal quickly and may God be with you and your son. You are truly an inspiration ♡♡♡

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  5. You are a wonderful and strong woman and I have no doubt, no matter how hard things get, you will find a way. God bless you, your son and your family.

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  6. Jennifer you did without a doubt the right thing to save your baby. Prayers are with you all. I will not lie the road ahead is going to be super rough and feel like a roller coaster ride. The key thing is stay determined again stay determined. Determination is a huge factor when on the road to recovery. I to lost a leg below the knee due to an auto accident. As well as broken pelvic in three spots, broken back in two spots, broken hip, broken leg, and ankle. Nine surgeries later I have TWO legs again. Almost two years later I’m still in physical therepy. I just walked two days ago with a cane rather than a walker for the first time. For any reason of you are ever down because of set backs just look at that sweet baby he will be your biggest support. You saved his life for a reason. Stay strong stay determined. Sincerely angela

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  7. Jenn, you are a strong woman and awesome mother. You are an overcomer! May God continue to bless you and Daniel. Prayers for a speedy recovery. Remember: let go and let God.

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  8. In a world where so many babies go unprotected, you did the ultimate for your baby. You protected him at all costs and leaned on God for his protection. I know the journey will not be easy, but when your little boy looks at you and smiles .. you know you are the best mother in the world. God will bless you and protect you.

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  9. Everything happens for a reason you both survived and that is amazing! What you did for your baby makes you a hero which god will award you when the time comes. I bet this was very scary for both you and your child? You’ll both be in my prayers and if I had money I’d give you what you need to take care of your expenses. God Bless you.

    Paula

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  10. you are a very brave woman and i just cant image what this was like for you . i am very glad to hear your son is ok and you are still alive god bless yall and i will be praying for you and your family

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  11. Jennifer,
    May God bless you and your baby boy. You are an incredible mother especially the way you risked your life for your son! Get well soon, both of you!

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  12. Jennifer I just want you to know that I think you are a very brave and beautiful mother. Not many mother’s would have done what you did to protect your baby. You are a beautiful person inside and outside. Please don’t ever any one or anything hold you back. You got this girl. I know you do. I know we don’t know each other but I am a grandma of 4 and all of God’s children are beautiful. God Bless you Jennifer and love that little guy more and more every day. He’s got one lucky mommy

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  13. That is a mother that ever child needs.. Her actions to think so quickly and protect that child is amazing, you have a massive gold heart. im sorry to hear the struggles you now go through but remember theirs always light in the darkest of times. You saved your sons life. Your sacrfice saved that boy and you should be proud of yourself. I wish you a speedy recovery!

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  14. Bless you and yours Jennifer.
    Your story is so inspiring and will be so forever.
    Wish my donation could be bigger; hopefully people with lots of money or many of us average people will contribute enough to cover all your financial needs.
    Gosh I’m so proud of you!
    Now I’ll try to find out how the other lady that also fell that rainy morning is doing.

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  15. Thank you all so very much my son and I are doing well I’m getting better as time goes by and my son celebrated his 1st birthday we are blessed to be alive and thank you all for the prayers

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