This mama shielded her tiny baby from hail the size of tennis balls during a severe storm
An Australian mom was recently caught in a severe hail storm that forced her to act as a human shield to protect her infant daughter when the hail blew out the windows of her car. The photos of the damage the hail did to her body are horrific.
Fiona Simpson says she was driving in a rural town near Brisbane, Australia with her baby and her grandmother when the storm became so intense, they were trapped inside their car. Once the hail grew to the size of tennis balls, the vehicle’s windows shattered.
“I’ve learnt my lesson today, NEVER drive in a hail storm!” Simpson shares on Facebook, along with sobering photos of the damage the hail wreaked upon her body.
“We parked on the side of the road when the storm got too heavy and the hail blew out our windows,” she says. “I covered my infant with my body to stop her from getting badly injured.”
Could you imagine? They always say mothers could lift a car off their trapped child — and this isn’t much different. Simpson knew they were in danger and her baby was particularly vulnerable to such destructive, intense hail. Those bruises are intense, but any mom worth her salt would do the same thing to protect their baby.
— 7 News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) October 12, 2018
“I know I’ll be sore tomorrow,” she writes, noting her entire back, arms, and head are seriously bruised. The photos don’t lie — this mama proves not all heroes wear capes. People all over the world seem to agree.
toughest mother in Australia! this brings tears to my eyes. I hope she and her bub are ok. She is a warrior!— Sarah Perk-Kirk (@sarahinscience) October 11, 2018
It brought tears to my eyes too! The terror she must have felt. Best wishes to them both.— alexis (@LandWifery) October 12, 2018
Some even offered a little levity to the situation.
That kid does anything wrong in the future and she's going to say "I protected you from hail with my own body and you can't clean your room just once?" Your mom's a saint, kid. Better take care of her!— Chaos Mechanica (@chaos_mechanica) October 12, 2018
Most people think this woman is due for a little spa treatment or time off, and rightly so. She’s earned it!
💬😰Jeez, give that woman a medal, she’s gone above and beyond the COD.— 💧 SAVE THE MURRAY-DARLING RIVER SYSTEM 🐟 (@writerbyter) October 11, 2018
Fiona Simpson 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👍🏼👍🏼🎖Mother of the Year.
She has the best reward possible, her baby is OK. But I hope some really special treat is headed her way.— Janet (@nznanjan) October 12, 2018
Moms are so tough https://t.co/fxkPYuxN8p
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 11, 2018
Australian news sources say the storm Simpson and her family were caught in was so intense, a tornado was reported. Local crops were shredded and several roofs were torn from buildings as well. And to think, Simpson, her grandmother, and her infant were trapped in the thick of it — with no protection from the elements except their own bodies. In an updated Facebook post, she says her grandmother had to stay in the hospital for a couple of days, but is doing just fine.
Simpson says she’s overwhelmed by all of the support people around the world have shown for her and her family. “I just wanted to alert people to the danger,” she says. “I’m just so relived [sic] that my daughter and grandmother are alright.”