Smile all it takes to boost spirits as Abi opens her eyes

Tanya Wilkinson with daughter Abi, who woke out of a coma in hospital on Tuesday.
Tanya Wilkinson with daughter Abi, who woke out of a coma in hospital on Tuesday. Contributed

ALL it took was a smile. A precious lift of lips by their little angel Abi and Gladstone's Wilkinson family was celebrating.

In a coma since Friday after a car crash in Brisbane left the three-year-old with a broken neck and fighting for her life, the youngster proved she's as much a fighter as an angel when she finally looked into her mother's eyes.

Abi's mum Tanya, her sister Tobi, 8, and brother James, 6, were also seriously injured in the accident.

They were all hospitalised in the Mater Children's Hospital.

Grandmother Kylie Bulley said the entire family had been overwhelmed at the influx of emotional and financial support.

Abi opened her eyes on Tuesday, responding to her mother Tanya and providing a renewed sense of hope.

"This kid is just full of spunk and tenacity," Ms Bulley said. "It brings us to tears how many strangers and friends have rallied behind us."

Ms Bulley said the distressing time had made the family closer than ever.

"We are a tough family, one that will stick together no matter what," she said. "Abi's wake up and try to smile is just the most beautiful thing in the world."

The initial steps in Abi's recovery has provided the Wilkinson family with an enormous sense of gratitude and happiness.

"Her brain is functioning perfectly," Ms Bulley said.

"We are all so humbled and happy with what we have. We all know how lucky we are to have everyone still here." 

Father and husband Paul Wilkinson is staying at Ronald McDonald House along with Tobi and James.

James broke his arm and has some bruising, while Tobi suffered a compound fracture to her hip, a concussion and serious bruising.

She will remain at the centre until she is fit to travel.

Mrs Wilkinson had her big toe almost severed and needed surgery to reattach it.

Community digs deep for Wilkinson clan

FUNDRAISING goals established for the Wilkinson family have needed constant updates due to the overwhelming generosity of the community. 

In just two days, 144 people have donated $8522 to the family through a fund created by Harbour City Hustlers captain Ellie Picking.

The family was involved in a car crash at Logan in the state's south-east on Friday.

The collision, which resulted in injuries for four family members, was deemed by police to have been a "pure accident".

Ms Picking said people's generosity was astounding.

"When we started this page, we realistically estimated around $30,000 - but set our sights on what we believed was a big, but achievable target," she said.

"Little did we know that we would receive so much support from people and communities around the world, and in such a short time, that would encourage us to reach even higher."

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