One minute Adrian was driving home, his pregnant wife in the passenger seat and their daughter in her car seat. The next a car was heading towards them on the wrong side of the road.
Their lives were changed forever.
At just 22 months old, Ava experienced a life-altering car accident that not only left her with severe injuries, but also transformed the course of her dad Adrian’s life. She doesn’t remember the actual accident because she was too young, but she knows what happened from all the stories she’s been told about her care and the aftermath of the event.
In a heartbreaking turn of events, Adrian, a trainee paramedic at the time, was driving the car when it was struck by the other vehicle, resulting in significant injuries to his wife and devastating but initially invisible injuries to Ava, who suffered an internal decapitation. As the cars swerved to avoid each other, they collided, passenger side to passenger side. Ava’s nine-week pregnant mum, seated in the front passenger seat, bore the impact of the crash. She was trapped in the wreckage and suffered a punctured lung, seatbelt bruising and significant whiplash.