Mother of three paralyzed after tree limb falls on her during st - CBS46 News

Mother of three paralyzed after tree limb falls on her during storm

Posted: Updated:
Source: GoFundMe Source: GoFundMe

A mother of three has been paralyzed after a tree limb fell on her during last week's snow storm, severing her spine.

Jennifer Lane was enjoying the snow with her family in Legacy Park in Kennesaw on Friday when a tree branch, weighed down with snow, snapped and fell on top of her, paralyzing her from the waist down.

Neighbors quickly ran out to help but because of the treacherous travel conditions. Esteban Alarcon and other neighbors put Lane on a corn hole board, covered her with blankets and did everything possible to keep her conscious.

"When I saw her laying there, I thought maybe she just hit her head," said Alarcon. "As I started processing it, I realized, this is bad."

Neighbors stayed with Lane for 50 minutes before loading her into a Bronco and taking her to emergency officials. They say the ambulance was stuck at the front of the subdivision.

In the meantime, Lane was going into shock and repeating same questions. "She kept saying 'Is anybody coming? What happened to me? I'm having trouble breathing and I can't feel my legs," said Nancy Cobelli.

Neighbors said Lane severed her spinal column, punctured both of her lungs and has severe nerve damage. She remains in the hospital.

A GoFundMe account has been created to help assist in paying the family's medical bills. As of December 12, over $21,000 had been raised.

Copyright 2017 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Connect with CBS46