Little Abi will never leave hospital, but bravery shines
THE Wilkinsons have been battered and bruised, but they cherish every day together as a gift.
The glue sustaining their bond is their precious little angel Abi.
The three-year-old suffered serious spinal injuries, has a chest infection and will never breathe on her own following a car accident on April 4 in Brisbane that also injured her mother and two siblings.
She will never leave hospital.
Despite a grim prognosis, mum Tanya Wilkinson said "every day is a bonus".
"It is amazing the effect she is having on everyone," she said.
"We are all cherishing every single moment, every single day we get to spend with her."
Siblings Tobi, 8, and James, 6, and Mrs Wilkinson are recovering steadily from their injuries.
Tobi is slowly recovering from a serious eye injury, with some vision loss, and a broken hip.
James had a minor leg injury.
Keeping the family together at the hospital has made a world of difference.
"Abi is a shining star," said Mrs Wilkinson. "In such a bad situation, she has managed to bring everyone together."
The family has been heartened by support from the community, including roller derby leagues - Mrs Wilkinson is a member of the Gladstone Harbour City Hustlers.
Roller derby leagues from across the globe have been rallying behind one of their own.
Donations for the Wilkinson family have come from as far as Michigan in America and Glasgow in Scotland.
The $10,000 mark has been reached to help the family deal with the financial impact of Abi's ongoing treatment..
The online fundraising website was only established four days ago and has touched hearts globally.
Tanya Wilkinson said the family was humbled by each and every contribution.
"It gives us something to smile about," she said.