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Mother Covered in Black and Blue Bruises After Shielding Infant from Hail Storm

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Natural disasters seem to be battering the globe from more than one angle. In the United States, Hurricane Michael has caused destruction across Florida’s panhandle.

Australia has also seen its unfair share of severe weather lately. The Project reported that Queensland has been hit “with cyclone-strength winds, freak hailstorms, and a tornado.”

Thousands have reportedly been affected by these storms. Now one mother is sharing her horrifying encounter with a hailstorm.

Fiona Simpson was driving with her grandmother and daughter — just four months old. The trio ended up trapped in the storm with no way to find shelter.

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All the 23-year-old woman could do was pull over and hope for the best. That’s when the unthinkable happened.

“I heard this loud bang,” she told ABC Brisbane. “And the car is just cold and wet and it’s just all blowing in.”

The mother went on to describe how she hopped into the back seat in an attempt to shield her baby daughter while she was still in her car seat.

Things went from bad to worse and soon even that wasn’t enough to protect the child. Another window blew out and Simpson’s 78-year-old grandmother was being hit in the front seat.

“I pulled my daughter out of the car seat and pushed her into the front,” Simpson explained. “I grabbed my daughter off my grandmother and put her on the floor.”

Simpson recalled how she could see her daughter screaming, but the wind was so loud she couldn’t hear it.

With her daughter in the safest and most shielded spot on the floor of the car, Simpson then attempted to also shield her grandmother from the hail.

“It was so scary but there was no time to be afraid… It just all happened so fast,” she told ABC Brisbane.

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When the storm finally passed, nearby residents called emergency responders. Simpson’s daughter came away with some bumps, but the 23-year-old and her grandmother sustained serious damage to their bodies.

Both women were badly bruised and the grandmother had to stay overnight at the hospital due to severe damage to the skin on her right arm.

As for Simpson, she explained she wouldn’t think twice before protecting her daughter again. “I’m just a mum,” she told the Australian news outlet. “You do anything you can to protect your child no matter what, even at your own expense and I would do it again.”

This woman is a true hero any parent could relate to. We’re so glad she and her family are safe and wish her and her grandmother a quick recovery.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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