Teen tells of crash terror: 'I thought my sister died'
SUZANNE Milmlow was parked across the road from Toolooa State High School with her 15-year-old daughter, Courtney Feeney, on the Gladstone-Benaraby Rd when she saw her youngest daughter who was walking towards them get hit by a car.
Breeanna Feeney was halfway across the road when a large four-wheel-drive and her collided, hurling her more than five metres down the road on Thursday.
"One minute I was watching her cross the road, the next minute she was flung up into the air," Courtney said.
"I thought my sister died. I was in shock. I was screaming out her name and running towards her.
"There was so much blood, and her leg was twisted the wrong way."
Breeanna was rushed to the Gladstone Hospital on Thursday afternoon with a broken femur, and covered in bruises and lacerations.
She was taken by ambulance to the Rockhampton Base Hospital on Friday where she received surgery on her broken bone.
"I remember putting my hand up just before I was hit," Breeanna said when she returned home yesterday.
"Everything was black - I woke up and I remember seeing ambulance people everywhere, and my English teacher.
"Then I woke up surrounded by my family in hospital."
Dad, Richard Feeney, was at work when he received the shocking news.
"I had a bunch of missed calls on my phone from an unknown number but didn't think much of it," he said.
"Then the storeman came out to me with a phone and said it was for me.
"At first my brain couldn't understand what was going on; what I was hearing over the phone.
"When it hit me I was devastated, and I think I was in shock. I just wanted to be with her - to make sure my daughter was okay.
"The feeling of not knowing - I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy."
Mum Suzanne said she still couldn't go past the road where it happened.
"I can't bear it - to relive the moment, everytime we drive past I shut my eyes," she said.
"I'm just glad she is alive."
Breeanna is now unable to walk and is expected to take at least 18 months to fully recover from the accident.
The 13-year-old has a metal rod and plates from her hip to her leg, multiple stitches, severe bruising and lacerations from her knees up.
"I'll never cross another road again," she said.
"But I feel okay - I know I have my sisters and my parents supporting me," Breeanna said.
"My friends have been really great, and my school has also been really helpful.
"I want to thank everyone who cared and looked after me - I'm really grateful."
Breeanna will need constant treatment including physiotherapy and special assistance facilities to help her with everyday life.
A Go Fund Me page was created so that the community could support Breeanna's rehabilitation and recovery.
"We just want her to be happy - to have a smooth rehabilitation and make her life easier," Ms Milmlow said.
"But we just can't afford it - we would be forever grateful if the community could help us raise the funds to support our daughter's recovery so she can go back to school and live a normal life with her friends."
WHAT BREEANNA NEEDS:
- A bath board to help her get in and out of the shower as well as support her while she is in the shower.
- A retractable metal nozzle for the shower.
- A fully facilitated bathroom with rails and back support for the toilet.
- Several months of physiotherapy.
- Several months of counselling.
- Around-the-clock support from friends and family, both physically and emotionally.
- Travel expenses - multiple trips to and from Rockhampton for treatment and check-ups.