Why 1 baby was unharmed and the other almost died in the same car accident
Posted August 22
Updated August 23
If you are the parent of a little one, you need to read this important message about car-seat safety.
Mom Angela Brown shared a powerful post on her Facebook page, in which she revealed she almost lost her 2-year-old daughter in a car accident-all because she had turned her car seat to be foward-facing rather than rear-facing.
As Brown describes, she was driving home from a dentist appointment with her two babies (2-year-old and 1-year-old girls), when their car struck a tree and flipped over, trapping the family inside the vehicle. When help arrived, Brown was relieved to see that her youngest (who was in a rear-facing car seat) appeared to be completely fine other than a small bruise.
However, her oldest daughter (who was in a forward-facing car seat) was not so lucky: At the hospital, the doctors discovered she had broken two vertebrae in her spine, and tore a ligament in a third.
“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,” Brown wrote on Facebook.
How terrifying. Although her daughter was fortunate to escape from the accident with her life, it has been a long and difficult road to recovery, with no clear end in sight for the family. Although her daughter has been a fighter throughout the experience, no doubt it has been frustrating, painful and frightening for her to cope with the reality of life after the accident.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children should be kept rear-facing as long as possible, as this position offers the best possible support and protection for their body in the event of a car accident. Even if your child is 2 years old, the AAP urges parents to keep their child rear-facing as long as their child is still under the seat’s height and weight limit.
Brown leaves readers with this important takeaway: “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 [sic] life.”
Here is wishing the Brown family comfort and continued healing during this difficult time. One positive thing has come out of this horrific accident: Brown’s original Facebook post has been shared over 15,000 times, which means she may have helped to save many lives. Let’s keep spreading her important message.
[h/t: Pop Sugar]