Heroic Filipina nanny seriously injured while saving 2 tots in Toronto
TORONTO – A Filipina caregiver who saved the lives of two young children in her care is now fighting for her own life.
Jillian Mendoza was seriously injured by an out-of-control SUV on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The wayward vehicle struck her on the sidewalk on St. Clair Ave. W. near Dufferin Street.
Mendoza pushed the stroller with the two children out of the way and took the impact, according to a MediaCoop report. The public is hailing her as a hero for her selfless action.
Mendoza, who was pinned under the SUV, has had three surgeries for fractures and head wounds and there are reportedly more to come.
A GoFundMe fundraiser has set up to help Mendoza get back on her feet and to make sure she gets the time she needs to recover. More than $148,000 has been raised so far.
A Toronto Sun report said Mendoza is a single mother who is the sole provider for her daughter and parents. She is in the process of gaining her permanent residency status in Canada.