ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Tina Mora beat the odds, surviving a horrific car crash two years ago. She was pronounced dead twice, but she’s alive today and had an emotional reunion Thursday morning with the firefighter-paramedics who saved her life.
The bone-crushing crash instantly caused painful injuries and almost sudden death for Tina.
“I don’t remember that day,” she said. There’s a period where she has absolutely no memory. “The night before until ten days after,” Tina said.
Her husband, Mark, does remember that fateful day.
“That morning, we said our goodbyes and I love yous through the window,” Mark said.
This wouldn’t be their final goodbyes thanks to firefighter-parademics who raced to Tina’s rescue when repeat drunk driver Lawrence Baca slammed an SUV into her car at Central and Unser early on the morning of May 3, 2013.
Mark learned Tina didn’t make it to work.
“I’m freaking out. I’m like, where’s Tina?” he recalled. She wasn’t answering her phone, and when he heard the radio announce a deadly accident in that area, Mark said, “I knew right away that was my wife, it was Tina.”
Tina’s car was a mangled mess. She was trapped inside appearing lifeless.
“She wasn’t responding to us, so we knew at that time time was of the essence,” Sean Elks, a firefighter with the Albuquerque Fire Department said. “I think it’s amazing to hear her story,” he said.
“God does miracles. He did a miracle here,” Mark told a gathering at the reunion at the Albuquerque Fire Academy.
Considering Tina was pronounced dead twice, she is a walking miracle. She suffered from what’s known as internal decapitation, where the neck separates from the spinal column. She also underwent a seven-hour surgery and went into traumatic cardiac arrest twice, having to be revived, according to AFD.
“It’s amazing, what these guys do for a living,” Mark said. “What you guys did that day, and how you guys pulled her out of that day, how you helped her and saved her life, it’s amazing.” he said.
Once literally broken into pieces, Tina is whole again. In fact, this survivor is now four months pregnant.
“We stay positive no matter what,” Mark said.
The drunk driver, Lawrence Baca, is now serving a nine-year prison sentence for causing the accident and in another case for a conviction for criminal sexual contact of a minor.