Hippo! Cash pool grows as family celebrates first word

The smile that lights up a room. Abi Wilkinson has been determined stable enough for a hospital transfer to focus on rehabilitation. Photo Contributed
The smile that lights up a room. Abi Wilkinson has been determined stable enough for a hospital transfer to focus on rehabilitation. Photo Contributed Contributed

IT was a request to play with her favourite toy that left parents Tanya and Paul Wilkinson ecstatic.

Speaking for the first time since a devastating head-on collision that left her a quadriplegic, Gladstone three-year-old Abi Wilkinson is on the road to rehabilitation.

Mrs Wilkinson caught the incredible moment when Abi, who had tracheostomy surgery late last week, asked for her favourite toy.

The moment was proudly filmed by her family.

The Wilkinson family has been tested but not torn apart after four family members survived the horrific accident on April 4 with varying levels of injury.

Mrs Wilkinson shared the special moment of Abi's first words since the accident on her Facebook site.

"Wow, what a morning we've had so far. We were hoping for a good day but we were not prepared for what she had in mind," she said.

"Our baby girl talked... very low and husky but she talked!

"I know every person who watches will either smile or like us cry happy tears. Enjoy guys," Mrs Wilkinson said of the video.

The youngest member of the Wilkinson clan is expected to transfer to the Royal Brisbane Intensive Care Unit next week to begin rehabilitation and long term care.

Her favourite toys and pink Barbie boots are helping her to enjoy being a little girl once again.

The community has raised more than $17,000 for the family.

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