Lara on slow road to recovery after freak accident – Coffs Coast Advocate

KENSINGTON Grove toddler Lara Whitaker was a sassy, energetic and empathetic two-year-old girl before a freak accident at Redcliffe Paceway had her hospitalised. The toddler was in the arms of her father Gary Whitaker, watching the harness racing when they were struck by the mobile barrier gate, which didn't close. Since the incident, Lara has spent more than a fortnight in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Queensland Children's Hospital - unable to talk or move. But on Wednesday, she was moved out of the PICU and into the children's ward. The move was a promising step in the right direction for her mother Joedy Whitaker. She said the move gave her hope for Lara's full recovery. "She's progressing quite well, we haven't tried sitting up and standing, but she knows who you are, " Mrs Whitaker said. As part of her recovery Lara will begin rehabilitation and during the process doctors will get more of an understanding of the extent of her injuries and whether she will fully recover. Lara's rehabilitation is the sole focus of her family. "All I'm thinking about is her and getting her back to as close as possible to what she was, " Mrs ....

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