Mum who saved baby ‘just act­ing on in­stinct’

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - TAL­ISA ELEY

A KIN­GAROY mum who bore the brunt of Thurs­day’s su­per­cell hail­storm to pro­tect her child said she just did what any mother would do.

Fiona Simp­son said her sur­vival in­stinct kicked in when the mas­sive hail­storm smashed the win­dows of her car while she was driv­ing near Kin­garoy, prompt­ing her to climb into the back seat to pull her baby to safety.

“Just sur­vival in­stinct, like, when you are a mother you pro­tect your child, no hes­i­ta­tion, you just do it,” she said.

Mrs Simp­son is re­cov­er­ing at home cov­ered in painful welts and bruises (pic­tured) where the large hail stones lashed her back and shoul­ders.

She had been trav­el­ling home from Nanango to Kin­garoy with her grand­mother and daugh­ter Clara when the storm struck. She had pulled over when the rain started but se­vere hail broke through two win­dows leav­ing her fam­ily ex­posed to fly­ing chunks of ice.

Mrs Simp­son des­per­ately pulled young Clara from her baby seat and placed her on the driver’s seat floor while also try­ing to shield her grand­mother.

“There was no thought, I just did it, there was no fear … my seat­belt was off and I was get­ting in the back and there was no hes­i­ta­tion,” she said.

The shaken trio were taken to hos­pi­tal to re­cover from their or­deal, where the grand­mother re­mained yes­ter­day in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

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