Mother of three Dr. Laila Jiwani, 42, and her family were enjoying a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee on Thursday when tragedy stuck.
The mom, who is originally from North Texas and works as a pediatrician, was with her husband and kids on a “safe” trail when a tree “fell from the sky,” her husband said in a now-deleted Facebook post, according to the Associated Press.
The tree had been toppled over by high winds and fell directly toward the couple’s 6-year-old son.
Laila’s husband, Taufiq Jiwani, said that she shielded the boy and ended up taking the impact instead of her son, the New York Post reports.
He said that his wife tragically passed away “immediately upon the severity of the impact.”
Their son, Jibran, suffered a broken leg and superficial injuries to his head, according to the father.
He was airlifted to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Jibran underwent surgery to repair the damage and was scheduled for discharge.
Taufiq wrote on Facebook:
Doctors said that Laila saved Jibran’s life by taking the brunt of the impact.
A funeral service for the late mother of three is scheduled to take place Wednesday in Dallas.
A spokesperson from Laila’s place of work said that the mother was much loved, telling the Sentinel:
Over the years, Dr. Jiwani served as a primary care physician in Lewisville as well as in our Northside Fort Worth clinic. She was beloved by her patients, families as well as her coworkers. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Her husband wrote on Facebook that he is thankful for all the support his family has received.
“As the boys and I figure what to do next, please keep us in your prayers and allow us patience to respond,” Taufiq said. “We appreciate the kind thoughts and generosity, we are still processing what all just happened.”