Girl’s sur­vival a mir­a­cle

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A MOTHER-of-nine be­lieves it is a mir­a­cle her daugh­ter was l ef t with r el at i vely mi­nor in­juries af­ter be­ing thrown through the air when she was hit by a truck.

Fiona Illin re­ceived the phone call ev­ery mother dreads on Mon­day af­ter­noon – she was told her eight-yearold daugh­ter Fiona Solomon was ly­ing in the mid­dle of Meenan St in Gar­butt af­ter be­ing in an ac­ci­dent.

Ms Illin said she let her daugh­ter ride to the shops af­ter she stayed home from school sick, but never ex­pected any­thing like that to oc­cur.

‘‘ When I got there, the po­lice of­fi­cer showed me which am­bu­lance she was in and when I got there, I jumped in and just saw her ly­ing there – I was just all in a daze at the time,’’ she said.

‘‘ By the time I got to the hospi t a l , t hey’ d a l r e a d y started the X-rays, I re­ally didn’t know what to think.

‘‘ She was go­ing in and out of con­scious­ness and I was just shaken right up see­ing her in a neck brace.’’

Young Fiona was smil­ing in hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day, but was too shy and ex­hausted to talk about the har­row­ing or­deal.

Ms Illin said she was just re­lieved her lit­tle girl was re­cov­er­ing well, with only mi­nor bruis­ing and swelling to the brain, and ex­pected to take her home to­day.

‘‘ Ev­ery­one was just talk­ing about it and was say­ing it was a mir­a­cle, given how the ac­ci­dent looked,’’ she said.

‘‘ All I did was just pray and pray. ‘‘ I was just like ‘ thank God’. ‘‘ We’re just tak­ing it one step at a time.’’

Ms Illin said the in­ter­sec­tion where the crash oc­curred, on Dear­ness and Me e n a n s t r e e t s , w a s a known t rouble spot and some­thing needed to be done to fix it.

She said hope­fully the ac­ci­dent would be the wake-up call authorities needed to fix the in­ter­sec­tion.

‘‘ I’ve lived there from when I was a baby, but be­cause Townsville is ex­pand­ing, the streets around the air­port are get­ting re­ally busy,’’ she said. ‘‘ I’ve al­ways agreed that it should be a slow zone in that area.’’

Ms Illin said she did not know what to feel to­wards the driver who col­lided with her daugh­ter and would let po­lice con­tinue their in­ves­ti­ga­tions into how the crash oc­curred.

Both she and her daugh­ter said they wanted to thank those who rushed to help.

‘‘ I’m on top of the world that she’s still here,’’ Ms Illin said.

‘‘ I just can’t stress enough my ap­pre­ci­a­tion for that lit­tle com­mu­nity there in Gar­butt, be­cause they all know my chil­dren and they were all will­ing to help.’’ AC­CI­DENT: Mum Fiona Illin com­forts Fiona Solomon, 8, who was hit by a truck in Gar­butt yes­ter­day and is re­cov­er­ing in Townsville Hos­pi­tal

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