AS Abi Wilkinson left the hospital grounds for the first time in seven months, she was achieving what doctors thought would be impossible.
The four-year-old girl continues to defy the odds after a horrific head-on collision on April 4 in Logan.
The accident left her a quadriplegic, but it was the beginning of an outpouring of love from the Gladstone community.
Almost $50,000 has been raised over seven months.
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The first diagnosis in April was bleak, but the little girl has fought hard and long, and now, on the eve of her fourth birthday, it is time for a small celebration.
Her grandmother Kylie Bulley said the journey over the past seven months had been trying, but astounding.
"Abi is our hero," she said. "She is too young to know the meaning of giving up, so she hasn't.
"I'm just so proud of her. She is an amazing, inspirational little girl and we can all learn something from her."
Now operating her own set of wheels by moving her eyes, chin and head, it is a massive achievement for the girl who has escaped death and captured Gladstone hearts.
Now that she has gained mobility again, her mum Tanya Wilkinson said she believed she would soon be chasing her around.
"There is no stopping her," she said.
"Operating the chair herself has boosted her mood incredibly.
"She was chasing me around and when she caught me she laughed and laughed and laughed."
The family, which will be reunited in Brisbane this weekend, will head to South Bank together on Saturday for Abi's birthday.
Today, however, she will be celebrating with her nurses, who have all dressed up as fairies for a special birthday party.
"We all ventured out for our first family outing today," Mrs Wilkinson said.
"But we are going to take her to South Bank to dip her feet in the water. We are really looking forward to it."
Community sends birthday wishes
ON Thursday we asked our Facebook likers to send birthday wishes to Abi. Here are some of their responses.
Paul and Tanya Wilkinson: Happy 4th birthday angel. You are a true inspiration to all who cross your path.
Your strength and determination is beyond anything I've ever known.
Your amazing smile brightens the darkest of days. You have defied the odds and proved that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
Enjoy this special day, princess, you have well and truly earned it.
Kylie Bulley: Happy 4th birthday beautiful. We hope you have an amazing day. Love Amma and Poppa. xxxx
Tobi Wilkinson: Happy Birthday Abi. We all love you very much.
James Wilkinson: Happy birthday to my little sister Abi. I love you.
Mary Bolling: Happy, happy birthday, Abi, hope the coming year is as big as your smile, and the miracles keep coming - you and your beautiful family deserve every bit of luck and happiness. x
Jaclyn Dunnett: Happy birthday to a special, brave little girl, I hope you get spoilt rotten, lots of love and have a great day.
Laura Ord: Have an awesome birthday Abi. Keep on rollin' and keep being the beautiful girl you are. All the kisses and hugs xoxo.
Leigh Zimmerlie: Happy birthday, Abi, have a wonderful day.
Paulina Drake: Happy 4th birthday Abi. So strong and such a fighter. Enjoy your day darling.
Jess and Kobe: xoxo Happy, happy birthday, baby girl. Hope ur able to venture out again for ur big 4th bday! Love to u both xox.
Jessi Glauser: Happy birthday Tan N Abi for Saturday my sweet girl! Aunty loves you so much and I never imagined we would see you celebrate your 4th birthday but thank god we will.
I can't wait to see you all glammed up like the princess you are. Love you to the moon and back. xoxoxox
Tash Holt: Happy birthday Abi, we are all very inspired by your strength and we hope you have a magical birthday. You are never far from our thoughts x.
Lainey McPhee: Happy birthday chooks! Hope you have as much fun as you possibly can and get spoilt absolutely rotten with love and pressies!
Loving your new wheels, hope you get to go for a spin for your birthday on them!
Staci Beckman: Happy 4th birthday Abi. Wishing you a wonderful birthday full of laughter, happiness and lots of surprises.
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