Toddler’s horrific crash injuries prompt mum’s car seat plea to parents

A New South Wales mum claims the horrific injuries her toddler suffered in a car crash could have been avoided if she was still in a rear-facing car seat. Angela Brown has just released confronting images of her two-year-old still recovering in hospital three months after the collision, in a bid to warn other parents.

Angela Brown, from rural New South Wales, says her world was shattered in February this year when the family’s SUV slammed into a tree at 100 kilometres an hour. She explains, “The impact caused our car to flip forward over its bonnet and onto its roof. At the same time the large tree snapped and landed on top of the car trapping us in it.”

In the back of the vehicle screaming were Angela’s daughters, aged one and two. The youngest, who was in a rear-facing car seat, had no visible injuries. Two-year-old Summer had a large gash to her head, caused by the impact of an air-conditioner control vent. Angela and her older daughter were airlifted to Weastmead Hospital.

“…our nightmare just got worse. They had discovered she had broken her c2 c3 and tore all her ligaments in her c1. She was one of the youngest to be fitted with a Halo Brace the doctor told us that most children with her injury don’t normally make it.”

crash rear facing

Her younger daughter had just a small bruise on her shoulder, and Angela is convinced the configuration of Summer’s seat was the reason she sustained such shocking injuries. She’s now extended a plea via Facebook to other parents.

“I was always unsure about when turning my babies around but after our crash and the hard evidence we are presented with I will forever rearward face my babies as long as I possibly can. Don’t make the same mistake as I did. It could cost you your babies life.”

PROOF REAR FACING FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE IS IMPORTANT!! I write this sitting next to my nearly 2 year old (she is…

Posted by Angela Brown on Monday, 23 May 2016

In Australia, children must be in a rearward facing restraint only until they are six months old. After that, it is optional and babies can move to forward-facing seats as long as they have an inbuilt harness. This is even though experts recommend rear facing car seats as the safest option for the under four set.

Angela says it’s still unclear when Summer will fully recover from her injuries. The family is now raising funds to donate to the Careflight helicopter service, and Westmead Hospital, via gofundme.

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