Girl’s survival a miracle
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