A mother who was rushed to hospital after a serious car crash with her newborn baby refused strong painkillers for more than four hours so she could breastfeed her daughter.
Danni Bett was travelling with two-month-old Indi on the outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand, when she lost control of her vehicle and smashed into a metal fence, ‘totalling’ the car.
The impact of the terrifying crash left Ms Bett in a neck-brace, but with her motherly instincts still fully intact, telling Stuff.co.nz she just wanted to comfort her baby.
‘All I could say was, “Get my baby out, she’s in the car, get my baby”. I was in so much shock,’ Ms Bett said.
Amazingly, Indi slept throughout the crash and only woke when onlookers came to help the pair, before paramedics arrived to take both mother and daughter to Christchurch Hospital.
With the shock of the incident and concern for her child at the top of her initial concerns, it wasn’t until Ms Bett stepped into the ambulance that she noticed a shooting pain down her neck, back and through her hips.
Regardless, she refused strong pain killers for four hours as she underwent X-Rays, ultrasounds and other tests, just so she could breastfeed her daughter.
Upon being wheeled back to her room she pleaded with the nurse to let her feed Indi, but it was instead suggested the newborn be fed by bottle.
But a determined Ms Bett persisted and was eventually allowed to see her crying daughter, reunited on a hospital stretcher.
‘It was instant relief,’ she said.
‘I wanted her, I wanted to calm her. After a traumatic day as it is, to give her that (a bottle) would not be right. (Breastfeeding) is the best for her and I had that.’
A hospital nurse captured the special moment in an amazing photograph, which Ms Bett then shared on Facebook.
She said she hoped the photo would inspire other breastfeeding mothers ‘to feed our babies whenever, wherever’, whether in public or a hospital bed.
Other than Ms Bett feeling the effects of whiplash, both mother and daughter are reportedly now doing well.