A baby in Queensland was miraculously unharmed after she was flung from her mother’s arms when the pair were involved in a horrifying car accident.
Four-week-old Rosie was being held by her mother, Stace Lee, as they dropped off the baby’s older brother, Ari, to school in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast on May 15.
In a split second, a vehicle slammed into Ms Lee’s car, pinning her to the kerb in an incident the school’s Principal, Neil Jenkins, described to Yahoo7 News as a “freak accident”.
While Rosie was unharmed, her 30-year-old mother’s feet were obliterated by the impact and she was left trapped under her vehicle. Horrified bystanders rushed to her aid, lifting the car off her.
She was rushed to Sunshine Coast Hospital but later transferred to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for specialised surgery and treatment. She has since undergone three surgeries on her injuries, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported.
On Tuesday, Ms Lee’s mother, Wendy York, took to Facebook to thank those who helped her daughter through her ordeal.
“We would like to thank the amazing staff and community of Buderim Mountain State School and the hero passers-by who lifted the vehicle off Stace,” she wrote.
“Also many thanks to the emergency services for the fabulous care and assistance provided at the time of the accident.”
Ms York also singled out her grandson, Ari, for his bravery after accompanying his baby sister in the ambulance.
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An “army of friends and family” are continuing to support Ms Lee and her children, who are in the care of relatives while Ms Lee continues to recover in hospital.
Ms Lee’s employers, Sunshine Sunshine Espresso in Currimundi labelled her “a fighter” as she now embarks on a long road to recovery. The company has since started a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of her lengthy rehabilitation while she is off work.