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Mom Nominated For Top Australian Award After Shielding Her Baby From Giant Hail

Twenty-three-year-old Australian mother, Fiona Simpson suffered from major bruising and cuts during a hail storm that could have severely injured her 4-month old baby. Thunderstorms in south-east Queensland pelted the region with giant hail. What this young mother did to save her daughter in the face of the storm is remarkable.

Mom To The Rescue

Fiona Simpson, her grandmother and infant daughter Clara were traveling along the D’Aguilar Highway in Australia between Kingaroy and Gympie when a horrific hail storm struck. Tennis ball sized hail suddenly shattered her windshield. Simpson pulled over and jumped into the back seat shielding her four-month-old baby with her own body. Soon after, another window was shattered in Simpson’s car and her grandmother suffered serious injuries from the hail as well.

Clara came out of the ordeal mostly unharmed while Simpson and her grandmother suffered serious injuries. Simpson shared photos of the incident on social media and they immediately went viral.

Hail Is Serious

Simpson and her grandmother were forced to remain in the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Photos of Simpson’s bruised face, arms, and shoulders didn’t go unnoticed. Social media and local news organizations quickly turned to Simpson to hear the story of her bravery.

The Australian Government also got in touch with Simpson to commend her efforts.

The Bravery Award

The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison has praised Simpson’s courage and strength while Annastacia Palaszcuk, Australia’s Premier nominated Simpson for a bravery award. Australia has awards for bravery administered through the Cabinet and Department of the Prime Minister. With the winners being announced in April and August of each year, the honors range from the Cross of Valor as the highest honor to a commendation for Brave Conduct.

Regardless of the results, Simpson’s daughter Clara is sure to vote her mother of the year.

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