How does the narrator's mother save herself in the story "The Leap"?

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The narrator claims that she owes her existence to her mother three times. The first instance is when the mother saves herself. Prior to the narrator's birth, her mother (Anna) was married to Harry Avalon. Together, Anna and Harry performed as "The Flying Avalons" in the circus. They were a...

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The narrator claims that she owes her existence to her mother three times. The first instance is when the mother saves herself. Prior to the narrator's birth, her mother (Anna) was married to Harry Avalon. Together, Anna and Harry performed as "The Flying Avalons" in the circus. They were a trapeze act known to flirt during their performance. One day, during a part of the performance where they are to meet, lightning strikes the tent pole. The tent collapses and Harry falls to his death. Anna, instead of grabbing for Harry, twists away from him to grab another heavy wire. Anna chose to save herself and her unborn child instead of reaching for Harry. Anna survives but the baby is born with no life. 

Anna goes to the hospital and meets a doctor and this would become Anna's second husband and the narrator's father. This is the second time the narrator owes her life to her mother: meeting her father in the hospital. 

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