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My 10 month old baby would have died in a car accident if I hadn’t done this quick check

WHEN Zoe ten Broek left her home with her 10-month-old son Jaxon in July 2020, the mother thought it would take about 20 minutes to drive to her parents’.

But two minutes into the drive, the then 21-year-old from Melbourne was involved in a collision that left her baby fighting for his life in hospital.

Zoe's son Jaxon has had four major surgeries

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Zoe’s son Jaxon has had four major surgeriesPhoto credit: Zoe ten Broek
The accident left him with a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage and a torn ligament in his neck

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The accident left him with a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage and a torn ligament in his neckPhoto credit: Zoe ten Broek

Speak with 7NewsThe mom explained how Jaxon suffered a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage and a torn ligament in the neck in the horror crash.

However, she believes it could have been worse if she hadn’t put him in a rear-facing car seat.

Zoe said: “If I hadn’t known he was rear facing, he definitely wouldn’t be here, the doctors have told me.”

After she buckled it, Zoe also did a “pinch test,” where she tried to put a couple of fingers under the seat belt to check it was tight enough.

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Zoe has no recollection of the accident itself and has only a faint memory of being taken to an ambulance.

After spending a night in hospital due to her own injuries, Zoe was finally allowed to see her son – but couldn’t cuddle him.

“Nothing could have prepared me to see my little man in this huge bed with so many tubes and wires everywhere. His poor face didn’t look the same as it used to,” she said. “Everything was swollen, from his eyes to his fingers to his poor little toes.”

During his month-long hospital stay, Jaxon had four major surgeries and thankfully won’t experience any lasting side effects.

The mother said: “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about what life would be like if we weren’t so lucky.

“When I got pregnant, I entertained myself with reading and planning things online. For some reason, I dove pretty deep into car safety and really educated myself,” she says.

“I don’t know why I was so obsessed with car safety, but I’m very, very glad I did. Without my own research, I would have had no reason to do an extended reverse.”

Zoe is now boldly speaking out about her experience in the hope that the Australian government will reassess its car safety guidelines, which say babies can be placed in forward-facing seats from the age of six months.

In the UK, parents can legally have their children in a front-facing car seat after 15 months.

How to safely install a car seat:

  • Insure yourself The seat itself is assembled as safely as possible without excessive movement.
  • You may only use a child car seat if your car’s seat belt has a diagonal belt, unless the seat is either specifically designed for use with a lap belt or is equipped with ISOFIX anchorage points
  • You must also disable all front airbags before installing a rear-facing infant carrier on a front seat, and not install a child car seat on side-facing seats.
  • And make sure the seat belt buckle is clear of the frame – otherwise it could spring open in an accident.
  • For babies, the straps should be tight, with no more than two fingers room under the shoulder straps at the collarbone.
  • The buckle of the belt should be as low as possible so that the lap area of ​​the belt lies across your child’s pelvis and does not rest on their stomach.
  • Check that the harness and chest pads are adjusted according to the instructions
Luckily, Jaxon didn't take any permanent damage

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Luckily, Jaxon didn’t take any permanent damagePhoto credit: Zoe ten Broek
The mother is grateful that she had her son in a rear-facing seat

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The mother is grateful that she had her son in a rear-facing seatPhoto credit: Zoe ten Broek

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/17893870/mum-baby-car-crash-saved-life-warning/ My 10 month old baby would have died in a car accident if I hadn’t done this quick check

Dais Johnston

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