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"Warrior Mom" Shows Off Bruises After Rescuing Her Baby From Hailstorm

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Motherhood is not for wimps, and in case you had any doubts about that, we offer Fiona Simpson's harrowing story as proof.

The mother from Queensland, Australia was driving home last week when a freak hailstorm threatened her baby girl.

But Simpson, 23, is being called "wonder woman" by other moms, after selflessly putting her body on the line for her daughter.

"It was so scary but there was no time to be afraid. It just all happened so fast."

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Fiona Simpson, her infant daughter, and her grandmother were trapped in a car during the hailstorm.Fiona Simpson - Facebook

Simpson was driving her daughter and her grandmother, 78, home when the dangerous "supercell" storm descended on Queensland.

The young mother had not heard any warnings, and found herself caught in the middle of heavy, freezing rain on the road.

Last week's storm left more than 10,000 people without power, as winds whipped up to 62 miles an hour, and Simpson's family faced the brunt of the storm.

"I wasn’t driving very fast because I couldn’t see very well… I couldn’t see in front of me, I couldn’t even see the line on the road," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

This photo shows the aftermath of the hail storm.

Realizing it was unsafe to drive in the storm, Simpson pulled over to the side of the road to wait it out.

But soon, chunks of hail the size of tennis balls slammed her car, and smashed apart its windows.

"All this rain starts coming in, and the back window where my daughter was just open … it’s gone," she later remembered.

"It was so scary but there was no time to be afraid. It just all happened so fast."

This video shows what the storm was like at its worst:

As Simpson's maternal instincts kicked in, she leapt out of her seat to shield her daughter with her body.

"I jumped over the back seat, over her car seat, holding my body over hers," she said, while still trying to protect her grandmother in the passenger seat at the same time.

While huge pieces of ice pelted Simpson's family, the noise of the storm through the broken windows was deafening.

"I looked down and I could see [my daughter] was screaming but I couldn't even hear her, that's how loud it was," Simpson remembered.

"I realized that if I didn't do that she could have been seriously hurt or killed."

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Simpson's daughter escaped with only a few bruises, but she was seriously hurt.Fiona Simpson - Facebook

Once the worst of the storm passed, Simpson managed to drive her damaged car to safety, then called an ambulance.

As she was driven to safety, Simpson said her battered body was in shock, and felt completely numb.

But despite her injuries, the devoted mom was still thinking of her child first.

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

On Facebook, Simpson shared pictures of her grisly injuries with friends and family.

"I’ve learnt my lesson today, NEVER drive in a hail storm!" she wrote.

"I  know I’ll be sore tomorrow," she added, "does anyone know of a cream or ointment that will help with the bruising? My entire back, arms and head are badly bruised."

While Simpson's grandmother was seriously injured, and Simpson herself was badly bruised, her daughter had just a minor bruise and a few "bumps."

Parents from around the world have praised Simpson's quick-thinking, calling her "a warrior" and "wonder woman" for jumping into action.

Her province's premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said she will even be nominating Simpson for a bravery award. But the "heroic" mom is humble about her dramatic rescue.

"I’m just a mom — you do anything you can to protect your child no matter what, even at your own expense and I would do it again," she explained.

"At the end of the day all that matters is that we're alive … a car can be replaced and bruises can heal and we're just all safe right now."

[H/T: ABC]

Thank goodness for Simpson's quick thinking! Have you ever rescued your child from a dangerous situation?

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