Angela Brown was coming home from a dentist appointment with her two daughters, who were in car seats, on February 26, 2016.
Going 62 mph while traveling on a rural road in Australia, her SUV slammed into a tree.
The impact caused her vehicle to flip upside down, onto its roof. The tree she hit broke and fell on top of the car.
While both her children had been buckled into their car seats properly, one daughter was rear-facing while the other was front-facing.
All were transported to a hospital.
In an emotional Facebook post, Angela shared the dangers of putting children in front-facing car seats.
“We turned to see Miss 2 had quite a large laceration on her forehead. She was forward facing at the time of the crash,” Angela wrote. “The aircon control vent above had flown off and hit her in the head. Miss 1 was rearward facing with no visible injuries.”
Angela posted photos of her daughters after the accident to give other parents a sense of what could happen if they put their child in a front-facing car seat instead of a rear-facing one.
Thumbnail Photo: Facebook / Angela Brown
Angela wrote that her daughter 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,” Angela wrote in her Facebook post.
Her baby had broken her c2 and c3 vertebrae, and had torn all her ligaments in her c1 vertebra. But she is such a strong, brave girl!
Both of Angela’s babies were in the car at the time of the crash. She discussed the differences in her Facebook post.
“So as you can see two children in the same car crash restrained properly one with life-threatening injuries and the other with none,” Angela posted.
“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,” Angela said.
Hopefully, her post will remind other parents to do the same.
Her family had been treating the daughter’s injuries for three months at the time of the mom’s initial plea on Facebook. They were unsure if she’d make a full recovery.
Angela’s daughter was only a little under 2 years old when the accident happened.
Here, you can read Angela’s entire emotional post about the dangers of front-facing car seats. If you know a parent who may benefit from her story, please SHARE this post with them.