THE little girl seriously injured when she was hit by a car in Coffs Harbour's City Centre on Friday afternoon is tentatively on the road to recovery.
Seven year old Annabel Nelson suffered a fractured skull and leg when she was knocked down as she crossed Harbour Drive.
Her injuries were so severe that she was emergency airlifted to Newcastle's' John Hunter Hospital later on Friday night.
Speaking from her bedside on Monday afternoon Annabel's father Mick Nelson said his only child had survived a testing weekend in intensive care.
"She is now breathing unassisted and is responding to questions and stimuli," Mr Nelson said.
"Her doctors are very happy with her progress.
Mr Nelson said Annabel's determined nature and rowdy personality had been a big factor in her favour.
"The fracture in her skull has actually been good because it has lessened the swelling on her brain.
He said Annabel had also suffered considerable skin loss and skin burn.
"My wife Tanya and I are both former police officers and we know how traumatic incidents like these are for everyone - the victim, the families, the witnesses and particularly the driver.
"This was just a terrible accident, so we just want to let people know that Annabel is on the mend."
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