A domestic violence survivor has relived the shocking moment she was repeatedly bashed with a baseball bat by her former partner in front of her two young daughters as they tried to stop him.
Simone O’Brien was bashed 50 times by Glenn Cable at her Brisbane home in 2012 after calling off the relationship with the man she’d met online.
The horrifying attack happened in front of her two daughters aged 12 and 15 at the time, who desperately tried to stop their mother’s attacker.
Simone O’Brien has had 50 surgeries for the shocking injuries suffered, including a fractured skull (pictured)
They threw phones and pillows at him before unsuccessfully pleading with him to stop and were forced to call triple-0.
‘He was still going on me. I looked over and I said to my eldest Gabby, go and get help, go and get Mummy help,’ Ms O’Brien told 9 News this week.
Her young son wasn’t at home at the time.
She was put in an induced coma and spent a month fighting for life in hospital with injuries so horrific that the Queensland paramedics who responded to the call-out described them as the worst they’d ever seen.
Ms O’Brien has had 50 surgeries since the attack for the catastrophic facial and head injuries suffered.
Her arm was also broken in two places and is now blind in one eye.
‘It was the first time in my life I thought I was going to die,’ she said.
Simone O’Brien (pictured) is now a domestic violence advocate following her own terrifying ordeal
On Tuesday, she met Dr Stephen Rashford, Phil Davies and Amy Edwards, the paramedics who saved her life that night in September 2012.
It was an emotional meeting for Ms O’Brien, who broke down in tears as she thanked and hugged the trio for their lifesaving efforts.
‘She had some of the most significant head and facial injuries that I had ever seen,’ Ms Edwards said.
Simone O’Brien met Stephen Rashford, Amy Edwards and Phil Davis this week, the paramedics who saved her life in 2012
Ms O’Brien said she will be forever grateful to them.
‘These amazing people kept me alive in the ambulance until I got to the hospital and the stories they were telling me about myself were unbelievable,’ she later posted on Facebook.
‘I was thinking how incredibly lucky I was to have these three angels there that night and I felt really blessed.’
Cable was jailed for 15 years in 2014 and will be eligible for parole in 2025.
Glenn Cable (pictured) bashed his former partner Simone 50 times with a baseball bat and was jailed for 15 years
‘You did everything you could to destroy that family, but fortunately you haven’t.’ Justice Roslyn Atkinson said during sentencing.
Ms O’Brien is now a domestic violence advocate who travels around Australia urging others to speak up about the taboo subject.
‘Even if you think it’s a minor violence issue, this needs to be reported,’ she told Daily Mail Australia in May.
‘A red flag can be something as little as pinch and can escalate so quickly to being bashed to death. So please take any red flag that arises seriously.’
‘I was thinking how incredibly lucky I was to have these three angels there that night and I felt really blessed,’ Simone (pictured second left) said