2yo Aylah 'heading home soon' after crash, says grateful dad

The Camilleri family; Anita and daughter Alaya were injured.
The Camilleri family; Anita and daughter Alaya were injured. Contributed

The father of a two-year-old girl injured in the horrific crash that killed Mackay farrier Fred Savage has issued a public statement updating the community on his family's conditions.

"Aylah is doing well and we hope to be heading home to Mackay soon," Luke Camilleri said.

"My wife is being looked after extremely well by the wonderful staff at the Mackay Base Hospital and is stable.

"The past few days have been difficult and recovery will be slow which is why we are asking for privacy at this time."

Mr Camilleri said his family and he had been "overwhelmed" by the outpouring of community support they had received.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their support during this time. In particular, everyone who has donated to the GoFundMe page, the neighbour who mowed my lawn, my employer for their understanding and all the well wishes from the community," he said.

"I would also like to give my heartfelt thanks to the staff at The Townsville Hospital, the Mackay Base Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

"The care and support given to my wife, my daughter and myself has been incredible."

The family's GoFundMe page had raised $20,217 on Monday afternoon.

RELATED: The man the community adored: Tributes to fallen Fred

Initial, Saturday 6.20am:

THE father of a little girl injured in the crash that killed farrier Fred Savage has said two-year-old Aylah was doing "very well" while her mum recovers after an operation.

Luke Camilleri, husband and father to Anita and Aylah Camilleri posted to Facebook to keep family and friends updated.

Late Wednesday, he wrote: "Not ignoring ya just bit preoccupied... will keep up dates thanks for the love everyone".

"Latest update Aylah is very well, no problems ATM. Just drugged up we are in Townsville with her.

"Anita is still in Mackay at the base. Had op this morning on her intestines, she is doing well. The Camilleri and Lindley family have been overwhelmed.

"We love and support once again thankyou for everything," the father said.

Meanwhile, the death of Mr Savage sent shock waves through the community, with people sharing messages of sadness and support.

GoFund Me pages have been set up to help both of the affected families in their time of need and have been met with messages of support and donations.

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