A Texas mother, namely Laila Jiwani, was killed while saving her son falling from a falling tree in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee on Thursday, December 27, her family confirmed to media.
Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the park, told the Dallas Morning News that 42 years old Laila was hiking with her husband and three children on Porter Creek Trail last week when the tree knocked down by high winds.
A park spokesman said that 42-year-old Laila Jiwani was hiking with her husband and three children on Porter Creek Trail on Thursday when the tree fell. https://t.co/YAVyDMnjLK— KRIS 6 News (@KRIS6News) December 30, 2018
Mike said one of her kids was injured; the 6-year-old was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, in a since-deleted Facebook post shared by the late woman's husband Taufiq, he revealed that their son had broken his leg and suffered superficial head injuries during a "simple/safe" hike.
Jiwani said doctors told him his wife took most of the impact in order to save their son.
He added that part of the tree "fell from the sky."
According to the New York Post, Laila was a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Northside Neighborhood Clinic in Fort Worth.
Funeral services for the late mother are scheduled for Wednesday in Dallas.
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