Anne Monoky followed her instincts one day while out walking in Central Park. It was a summer day, and Anne and her three sons — including a newborn strapped to her chest — were suddenly endangered by a falling tree.
Anne managed to shield her three small children, leaving them with but a few scratches. But the mother suffered a fractured spine.
“It was 80 degrees and sunny — that’s all I remember,” Anne told CBS New York.
She doesn’t remember saving her children or much else from the fateful day in 2017.
“I’m so glad I’m in New York City, because people take the mentality of ‘we’ll help our neighbors,’” she said.
Dozens of Good Samaritans jumped in to rescue the family as emergency responders shuffled in.
While things could have turned out much worse, Anne was bedridden with a neck brace for months. She couldn’t work or breastfeed her baby.
“We had a terrifying thing happen,” she said. “I work every day to stay positive for my boys and my husband.”
Anne and her family are suing the city for $200 million. They believe this was a preventable accident, while the city parks department blames a rotting root system under the pavement. City lawyers plan on reviewing the case.
Regardless of the lawsuit’s outcome, Anne’s heroic instincts saved her three boys.
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