Fiona Simpson, of Queensland, Australia, is being nominated for a bravery award
A selfless mum used her own body to shield her baby from a vicious hailstorm in an “extraordinary” act of bravery.
Fiona Simpson, 23, was left with horrific bruises on her back, shoulder and arms after she was pelted repeatedly in the freak weather on Thursday.
But she threw herself on top of her four-month-old daughter after the tennis ball-sized hailstones shattered her car windows near Nanango, Australia.
“I could see she was screaming but I couldn’t even hear her, that’s how loud it was,” the mum told ABC .
“She could have been seriously hurt or killed, anything could have happened.
“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.”
Fiona, from Queensland, Australia, also desperately tried to protect her own elderly mother in the car.
However they both spent the night in hospital with severe injuries.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “I certainly think she is one of the bravest people I have read of lately.”
And Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk said Fiona is going to nominated for a national bravery award.
Gusts of up to 90 mph battered Australia on Thursday, wind speeds usually associated with Category 2 cyclones.
Farmers across the country say crops have been destroyed.