Tough toddler burned by campfire improving in hospital
THE family of a tough little toddler who fell into a campfire at the weekend has been overwhelmed by the support shown from the community.
Serenity Parker, 23 months, is showing strong signs of improvement in the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital where she was airlifted to from a family camping trip near Warwick on Sunday.
The tough toddler, who turns two years old next weekend, suffered burns to nine per cent of her body when she tripped and fell into a fire about 10am.
Her father David Parker told The Chronicle the family had been on a camping trip at Springs 4X4 Adventure Park at The Glen when the accident unfolded.
Mr Parker had been walking to the rubbish bin with Serenity following behind when he turned and checked how close she was to the fire pit.
Within a moment of turning around Serenity, who had been about a metre away from the pit, had tripped and fallen into the coals.
She suffered serious burns to both her hands and her forearms despite being pulled from the fire within seconds of the fall.
Mr Parker said he and his wife Kerrie ran cold water over young Serenity as soon as possible and had her at the property homestead within minutes of the incident.
The caretakers called the Queensland Ambulance Service who administered first aid before the RACQ LifeFlight helicopter was tasked.
Serenity and her mother were flown to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital for emergency treatment and she remains in the burns unit undergoing specialist care.
An online fundraiser has been launched to support the Parker family as it covers travel expenses while Serenity recovers.
"The financial burden of this tragic accident is going to be stressful and ongoing for this young family so any donation small or big would help to go towards medical costs, fuel, parking, food and any other expenses that comes up and lessen the burden of worry," the page reads.
Mr Parker said he had been overwhelmed by the initial show of support from those who had donated, and wanted to thank the paramedics, LifeFlight team and property owners and caretakers for their kindness.
More than $650 has been raised in 18 hours.
Support the fund online here.