Two children are alive today because of a quick-thinking mom, who made the agonizing decision to drop them from a third-story window while a fire raged.

While trapped in a burning apartment building in Georgia, 23-year-old Ashley Brown used a rope to lower her 3-year-old daughter to the ground. Then, she tossed her 2-month son into the arms of a neighbor waiting below.

Both Brown and her mother-in-law Denise Watson were rescued moments later by firefighters and reunited with the children.