They Said Her Child Was Old Enough For A Forward-Facing Seat, Now She’s Warning Every Parent

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“Don’t make the same mistake as I did. It could cost you your babies’ life,” she said with tears in her eyes. 

This mother’s sobering warning is a heartbreaking reality check for us all. Please share this with every parent you know!

Angela Brown and her two infant daughters were on their way home from a dentist appointment when suddenly, their lives were changed forever in an instant.

The Brown’s SUV slammed into a tree going 60 miles per hour down an open road. Tragically, the impact caused the car to flip and the large tree they crashed into snapped in two, landing on the roof of the car and trapping the family inside.

Both of Angela’s beautiful baby girls were safely secured in their car seats, but they weren’t protected equally.

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Angela’s two-year-old daughter was in a front-facing car seat and sustained horrific injuries. While her one-year-old daughter, who was placed in a backward-facing seat, survived the crash with only one small bruise on her shoulder.

The heartbroken mother wrote, “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 air vent above had flown off and hit her in the head. Miss 1 was rearward facing with no visible injuries.”

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By the Grace of God, both of Angela Brown’s daughters escaped the accident, but her 2 year old was barely alive and the road to recovery was devastating.

The heartbroken, yet grateful, mother shared, “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.

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Before the accident, Angela was hesitant to turn her 2-year-old’s car seat around. Today, that near-fatal decision is her biggest regret in life.

Two months after that life-changing day, Angela Brown pleaded with her friends on Facebook, ‘Don’t make the same mistake as I did. It could cost you your babies life,’ she said.

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Angela Brown wrote, “PROOF REAR FACING FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE IS IMPORTANT!! 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. Traveling 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.”

The Brown family’s horrifying accident is a sobering wake-up call for us all. It’s so clear to see how much safer rear-facing car seats are. According to the Car Seat Site:

“Safety experts and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children remain rear-facing as long as possible and never travel forward-facing before they are 1 year old and also weigh at least 20 pounds to reduce the risk of serious neck injury and lifelong disability.”

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It’s important to note that the 20 pound front-facing rule is just the minimum. Many European countries such as Sweden, keep children rear-facing up to 4 years and 55lbs. Rear-facing car seats are known to restrain the the head, neck, and thorax together, while a front-facing car seat only restrains the torso, but not the neck. 

Please consult with your pediatrician before turning your child’s car seat around, and don’t take the decision lightly! Please share the Angela Brown’s sobering warning with every parent you know!