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Abi gets a hug from mum

Tanya Wilkinson is able to give her little girl Abi a cuddle for the first time on Wednesday.
Tanya Wilkinson is able to give her little girl Abi a cuddle for the first time on Wednesday. Contributed

IT'S taken more than three months, but finally Tanya Wilkinson has given her daughter a hug.

Three-year-old Abi almost lost her life in a devastating car accident in Brisbane on April 4.

The little Gladstone girl, who may never walk again, has been to the brink of death and back, but her world is looking a lot brighter thanks to her mum's devotion and the support of the Gladstone community, which has raised about $35,000 for the family.

Abi was left a quadriplegic, breathing through a tracheotomy. With each passing week, milestones were reached and the worst obstacles encountered by her parents and two siblings are nearing an end.

Mrs Wilkinson has been appointed the head of her daughter's allied health team, granting her control of care.

"I co-ordinate all her care to keep it consistent," Mrs Wilkinson said.

"Abi is fantastic, she gets into her chair every day.

"I even got to have cuddles yesterday (Wednesday) with her for the first time."

Mrs Wilkinson said the support of Justine Christerson's Breaking Down the Barriers for Rural Patients in City Hospitals - Brisbane has transformed her day-to-day life while living away from home.

"Her program is phenomenal for rural patients. She is an amazing woman," she said.

The current project is to brighten Abi's days with a colour wall.

A wall hanging, suitably designed around Abi's favourite song I Can Sing a Rainbow, will be created to brighten her hospital room.

Gladstone residents are urged to sew or craft pieces for the hanging, in all colours of the rainbow.

If you would like to contribute, head to the Breaking Down The Barriers Facebook page. Completed patches can be dropped off at The Observer office to dispatch to Brisbane.

Abi Wilkinson's rehabilitation is continuing in Brisbane.
Abi Wilkinson's rehabilitation is continuing in Brisbane. Contributed

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