Golf buggy crash.
Golf buggy crash. Contributed

Holiday of a lifetime turns to horror after island crash

JOANNE Millar set up a gofundme page for the family who were involved in the crash at Hamilton Island on Thursday and more than $2000 has already been raised.  

"My daughter Mariko's, partner Nick's  family, are the family who were badly injured  in the accident on Hamilton Island this morning," she said on the gofundme page.  

"Mariko, her newborn baby, Maverik and mother in law, Linda,  were in the first buggy. They were uninjured.  

"The rest of Nick's family, two sisters, husbands babies, a toddler and his Dad were being valet driven in the buggy behind.

"Their holiday was a family reunion, a chance to meet all the babies and the 'holiday of a lifetime'. (Nick is from the UK and while he lives here the rest of his family doesn't).   

"Now after a horrendous accident on Hamilton Island half the family are in three different hospitals,(Townsville. Mackay and Proserpine) one of the young women,  her father and her baby are in one hospital, other family members are in another two hospitals. Their injuries are extensive and serious. Fractured legs, arms, skulls, massive facial lacerations.  

"The most seriously injured, Jen has a broken arm, leg, skull, facial injuries, broken ribs, a punctured lung and she has a seriously injured 9 month old.   

"Uninjured family members are trying to provide support to their injured loved ones across big distances. Their immediate needs are obviously accommodation, food, hire cars etc.  We don't even know what they'll need longer term or when they'll be able to even think about getting on a plane for their homes.  

"We can't do anything to heal their broken bodies but we can show them we care, that they are in our thoughts and we can help take some of their financial stresses away."

Ms Millar said the family remain in different hospitals.

"Mick, the grandfather is in Mackay hospital (an over four hour car trip from Townsville)," she said.

"He is not in Townsville as I first reported. He has two very badly fractured legs and is expected to remain hospitalised for months.

"Hopefully at some point, in the not too distant future, he'll be able to be moved to Townsville so he can be near the rest of his family.

"The rest of the family are now in Townsville, either in hospital there or in accommodation beside the hospital.

"People do keep asking me how they're coping, I think they are an amazing family. They're simply taking the situation moment by moment. There is no other option.

"Nick phoned me earlier to say thank you, they (the family) are feeling our heartfelt concern and love.

"So I'm passing the families thanks on to all of you."



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