Mum who saved baby ‘just acting on instinct’
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.