Hero Mom Will Be There for Kids Despite Losing Both Feet

Kristin and the scene of the devastating crash she survivedOn May 4, Kristin Hopkins a single mother of four who lives in Colorado, was rescued from her Chevy Malibu almost a week after the car flew off the highway and landed upside down, 200 feet away, in the middle of a thick patch of trees.

Despite having just one packet of oatmeal in the car with her, the mom fought to stay alive, even writing rescue messages on a red and white umbrella she also had in her car. After being rescued just hours before doctors believe she would have died, Kristin had to have both her feet and part of both legs amputated and is still in hospital, learning how to walk on her new prosthetic feet.

She recently spoke to Good Morning America about her ordeal, explaining that her first thought after waking up from the crash was, “Oh my God, I have to go pick up my kids. It’s a school day.”

Over the next few days, she fought hard so she could get back to her family; “I had to keep going because (my kids) need a mom. I couldn’t leave my kids.”

If there is any better proof of the super-human strength of mothers, I challenge you to show me the story. As a Houston podiatrist, I know the challenges facing Ms. Hopkins and wish her a speedy and smooth recovery. On behalf of my team at Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we salute you and your bravery, and hope you can be reunited in your home, with your children, shortly. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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