Aussie mum battered and bruised while shielding baby from hailstorm
Anyone familiar with the weather in sunny Queensland at this time of year knows that the afternoons can be a breeding ground for f**ken wicked storms. Spectacular blasts of lightning arcing across the sky are a common feature of a humid and stormy afternoon, but occasionally the state gets annihilated by something far more dangerous. Hail storms. Deadset, these nasty phenomena smash the sh*t out of windows, mangle cars, and destroy exposed infrastructure like street and traffic lights. With that in mind, imagine what it’d be like if you were trapped in one – with a four-month-old baby to protect!
Wait, before you think about the scenario, let’s put this into perspective with an approximation of the size of these bits of hail, because, yeah, nah, we’re not bloody talking about little bits the size of the crushed ice in your cocktail, we’re talking about millions and millions of tennis-ball sized chunks of solid ice pelting towards the ground with the rapacious speed of a f**ken peregrine falcon.
You do not want to be hit by this shit. But when your bloody baby is on the line, you make like a champion and shield that baby like Captain America absorbing the shock of a grenade with his shield. The thing is, this isn’t just a scenario for Fiona Simpson, this was real f**ken life.
When a sudden squall swept through Nanango, Fiona was driving. She pulled over because visibility is f**ken sh*thouse in a storm like that, and the hail smashed the f**k out of the back window. Mum covered her daughter and took the full force of the super-cell-level storm as it hurled everything it had at her.
The legend told the ABC she “could see she was screaming but I couldn’t even hear her, that’s how loud it was. She could have been seriously hurt or killed, anything could have happened.”
But f**k me sideways, Fiona took a beating during the act of desperate protection. You can see the photos for yourself, but she looks like the storm chewed her up and spat her out. “It wasn’t until I got to the hospital and they took my clothes off that I realised how bad my back, shoulder and neck was … I just can’t believe hail could have done that.”
Thank f**k you thought quickly and prevented your daughter from copping a flogging as well.
Final thought: Nature, your sudden mood swings might be tempestuous and frosty, but they are nothing to the protective power of a champion mother!
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