Mother battered, bruised while shielding baby from torrential Australian hailstorm

The ‘superhero’ mom was happy that they made it out alive from the storm

The ‘superhero’ mom was happy that they made it out alive from the storm

Queensland was hit with a super-cell storm that rained down tennis-ball-sized hail, leaving thousands without power.

The storm got so intense two of her auto windows were smashed in by the hailstones.

"There's people from Norway, America, Canada, and a lot of people across Australia".

After a front window was smashed, Simpson moved to help her grandmother.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was an "extraordinary" story and promised to recommend Ms Simpson for a bravery award.

When a back window was shattered, she leapt into the back seat and put her body between her baby and the large hailstones raining down on them.

Simpson said the storm was so intense that she couldn't hear anything over its deafening roar. "I couldn't see in front of me, I couldn't even see the line on the road".

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Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving in southern Queensland with her 78-year-old grandmother and 4-month-old daughter, Clara, on Thursday when the weather suddenly took a turn for the worse, the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) reports.

But despite the severity of her injuries, Simpson says she would not think twice about intervening again for the sake of her daughter. The ordeal left her with large bruises and cuts to much of her body.

"I've learnt my lesson, never drive in a hail storm", she said.

"I wasn't driving very fast because I couldn't see very well..."

The mother chose to pull the vehicle over to the side of a road to wait out the storm. She told ABC that by the time the paramedics arrived, her body felt "numb".

"It wasn't until I got in the ambulance that I realised that if I didn't do that she [her baby] could have been seriously hurt or killed, anything could have happened", she told ABC.

A mother has been left severely bruised after becoming a human shield in order to save her baby from extreme hail. "I pulled over because it was just way too risky. It blew out the back window where my daughter was sitting in the vehicle seat, so I got out of my seat and covered the auto seat".

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