Plano woman killed by falling tree at Great Smoky Mountains park

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A woman from Texas was killed by a tree knocked down by high winds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Park spokesman Mike Litterst said Saturday that 42-year-old Laila Jiwani of Plano was hiking with her husband and three children on Porter Creek Trail on Thursday when the tree fell and hit her.

One of her children was also injured. The 6-year-old was airlifted to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Litterst said.

In a Facebook post, Jiwani's husband wrote that their son suffered a broken leg and superficial head injuries during the "simple/safe" hike. Taufiq Jiwani said doctors told him his wife took most of the impact and saved her son. He wrote that part of the tree "fell from the sky."

Cook Children's said Jiwani was a doctor who worked out of Lewisville and Fort Worth.

"We are greatly saddened by the death of Dr. Laila Jiwani who has been a valued member of Cook Children’s since 2007. 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," President Britt Nelson said in a statement.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday in Dallas.