Mum who lost children in house fire and told she would never walk takes first steps

A mum who suffered horrendous injuries escaping a house fire that tragically killed her two children has miraculously managed to walk again.

Jade Horton had been warned she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair after she threw herself out a second-floor bedroom window to escape the fire.

She lost children Isaac, 3, and Sienna, 7 in a fire at their family home in St Neots, Cambridgeshire on December 10 last year.

Doctors warned she wouldn’t be able to walk again but Jade refused to accept the diagnosis and pushed herself daily with intense therapy, CambridgeshireLive reports.

On March 5, she overcame the odds by walking 20 metres with the help of a zimmer frame.

Footage of the moment shows Jade smiling and laughing as she takes her first steps in almost three months.

Speaking yesterday, which would have been son Isaac’s fourth birthday, she told Ste Greenall of Black Cat Radio: “It’s all in memory of my beautiful children.

“Because they wouldn’t have wanted their mummy to give up and stop fighting for the best recovery I can achieve.”

Jade added that she and partner Andy are still recovering after the traumatic fire, which struck their three-storey home in Buttercup Avenue, St Neots just two weeks before Christmas.

“We’re still doing a lot of meditation to help both our wellbeings and now the [ coronavirus ] restrictions have been relaxed I’m having a monthly Swedish massage to help my muscles and everything that’s not quite working still,” she said.

Jade thanked the St Neots community for their support throughout her recovery.

“St Neots is such a great community to live in and it shows that we all care for one another,” she said.

An investigation into the house fire found the probable cause was an electrical fault in a first-floor bedroom at the property. Cambridgeshire Police ruled there were no suspicious circumstances.

In February, an inquest heard that Isaac and Sienna Jenkins died from smoke inhalation as a result of the fire.

A pre-inquest review hearing is scheduled for both children on May 5 in Lawrence Court, Huntingdon.