(MyFoxBoston.com) -- Mindy Tran has spent the last few weeks in rehab, bound to a wheelchair, unable to walk. It was just two and a half weeks ago when an accident completely changed her life.
She had just strapped her twin 2-year-old daughters into their car seats when her car started rolling down her steep driveway, right towards busy Marston Street in Lawrence.
"My knee was crushed. My whole leg was dislocated from my hip. Both my hips were fractured and then my shoulder was separated from the collarbone," Tran said. "I would've done anything for those little girls. And if that meant losing my legs forever, if that meant dying that day, I was gonna do it."
Thinking only of her girls, Tran got in front of the car, pushing as hard as she could to keep it in the driveway.
"I went in front of it to hold it, and I could see my daughters looking at me."
But the car was too heavy. It rolled slowly over both of her legs, trapping her underneath as her little girls watched.
"At that moment, they didn't know what was going on. And I think when they couldn't see me, that's when they realized what had happened, because I'm pretty sure they felt [it] going over my body, and I could hear them crying," she said.
Fortunately, a neighbor saw what was happening and ran to help.
"I slowed the car down enough for him to get in. And once he got in he stopped the car completely," Tran said.
But once the car was stopped, Tran was stuck underneath until emergency crews could get her out - about 45 minutes later.
"I didn't know how bad it was, and I couldn't look down. I couldn't see how bad my legs were."
Now she's recovering at northeast rehabilitation hospital in Salem, N.H., where she'll likely stay for the foreseeable future. As Tran starts her long road to recovery, she says the only thing getting her through are the two little girls she nearly gave her life for.
"I just wanna recover and go home and be with my kids," she said. "I'm just taking it day by day to see what's gonna happen next."
Tran is going back and forth from the rehab she's at in New Hampshire to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She's back at Tufts on Wednesday, and when she goes back for that appointment, doctors will book her for a second surgery on her left knee.
If her recovery continues to go well, she said she thinks she could be walking again in about six months. A fundraising website has been set up to cover Tran's medical costs.
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