Mum who shielded baby from hail stones in line for bravery award

A young mother who used her body to shield her infant daughter from hail stones which broke in through the window of their car during a supercell thunderstorm will be recommended for a bravery award.

Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving from Nanango on the D'Aguilar Highway to her home on Thursday with her 78-year-old grandmother and 4-month-old daughter when the rain started to roll in.

Ms Simpson said she had not heard the warnings but knew she needed to pull her car over when the rain started getting heavy.

The window beside her daughter was shattered by the weather, showering the young girl with hail.

The quick-thinking mother leapt into the back of her car and acted as a human shield for her baby.

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After another window smashed in the front of the car Ms Simpson moved to try and help her grandmother but both women were pelted with large hail stones.

The experience left the young mother with significant bruising to most of her body. Her daughter had small "bumps" on her.

Her grandmother spent the night in Kingaroy hospital after most of the skin from her left arm was shredded while the other was left "completely black" from bruising.

When asked at a press conference on Sunday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would recommend Ms Simpson for a bravery medal.

"[It was] absolutely an extraordinary act of bravery," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also praised the mother's actions.

"I certainly think she's one of the bravest people I've read of lately," Mr Morrison said.

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