This mum wants everyone to know how important it is to keep your child rear facing in their carseat for as long as possible after a very close call for her family.

Angela Brown was involved in a car accident with her two young girls. She has wrote on Facebook

“I write this sitting next to my nearly 2 year old (she is two tomorrow) in her hospital bed finally asleep after yet another rough day. And my almost one year old asleep in her pram at Westmead Children’s hospital.

On the 26th February my happy normal world shattered and I woke up to my new nightmare life.

Travelling home from a dentist appointment in the middle of the day in Rural NSW our SUV slammed into a tree head on at 100kms p/hr. 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.

When I came to we were upside down in our car Miss 1 and Miss 2 were screaming. We turned to see miss 2 had quite a large laceration on her forehead. She was forward facing at the time of the crash. The aircon control vent above had flown off and hit her in the head. Miss 1 was rearward facing with no visible injuries.

Me and Miss 2 were picked up by Careflight from the crash sight and flown to Westmead. Where 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.

Miss 1 and her dad went via ambulance to another hospital. Miss 1 had no injuries just a small bruise on her shoulder.

So as you can see two children in the same car crash restrained properly one with life threatening injuries and the other with non.

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.

So far we have been treating her injury for 3mths with no idea of when she will be fully recovered.”

Her post has been shared over 5000 times.

Kidsafe recommends –  Infants are safest if they remain in their rear facing restraint as long as they still fit in their rear facing restraint. While the law allows children over 6 months to use either a rear facing restraint or a forward facing restraint, the rear facing restraint offers better protection as long as the child fits in it.

We hope her little girl makes a speedy recovery.

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  • How very frightening. But im so glad everyone got out alive.


  • Terrible story. Hope she will be well very soon. xo


  • Such terrible news. I’m praying that her little girl makes a full recovery.


  • What a horrible accident for these girls to be involved in. What an amazing Mum to help others learn from her tragic experience. I do think that the laws need to be changed here in Australia to catch up with the rest of the world as I don’t think people will keep their kids rearfacing for an extended time unless it is made law and more affordable extended rearfacing carseats are on the market.
    I hope this little girl and her family all the best in her recovery.


  • This is such a sad and tragic story. This certainly supports the case for rear-facing car seats. As parents, we just follow the guidelines so hopefully we’re now encouraged and more aware to keep our children rear-facing for as long as possible.


  • Gosh, how awful for this mum. I hope her daughter keeps improving.


  • What a scary incident, Hope you and your kids recover soon from this trauma and the injuries !


  • My apologies for my earlier comment. I did not mean to cause offence. I wish this family the best and I hope the little girl makes a full recovery.


  • I’m so sorry to hear about your little girl i hope she is doing well i turned my little man around and i’m unsure if its the right decision although he is 2.5yo after seeing this i am going to take him in to have the seat looked at to make sure i’v made the right decision. Thankyou big hugs to the both of you and i wish your little daughter a fast recovery xx


  • Wishing your family all the best and a full recovery


  • Hype terrible. I hope the little one makes a full tecovery


  • I think some people are a bit crass with their comments and a bit harsh and judgemental . You don’t know the circumstances of the accident. What if another car came at them head on and they tried to avoid a collision and lost control in the process. I think this poor mum is going through enough grief and does not need negative comments added to her plate.


  • I can’t believe people have the gall to actually mention here that the mother’s driving needs to be questioned. Gosh guys as if she hasn’t no doubt put herself through enough grief and guilt over the incident without the general public sticking the knife in. Angela please don’t give any of the horrible comments you receive as what the majority of us feel. The simple fact that you have had the courage to tell us all of this shows me (and I’m sure others as well) great compassion and dedication. I have nothing but admiration for you Angela, and I sincerely hope your little girl recovers soon and gets to go home with you all and get back to a little bit of normalcy. Sending you ALL my love and healing prayers. Sandra


  • Hope your daughter recovers fully. What a tremendous endorsement for rearward facing restraints.


  • I hope your sweet girl will recover speedily from her injuries and a fast recovery for you and your other girl as well.


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