Girl, two, barely avoids death when a starting gate of a horse race opens, cuts off her FACE and throws her out of her father's arms
- Girl left in coma after horrible armor racing accident makes miraculous recovery
- Lara Whitaker spent months in the hospital after the metal boom hit
- The impact on the skull was millimeters away from killing Lara or causing brain damage
- Brave young person on the road to recovery and this week celebrated her third birthday
A little girl who suffered horrific injuries after being hit by a starting gate at a horse race has survived miraculously.
Lara Whitaker, then two, was detained on March 24 by her father Gary on the sidelines of the runway at the Redcliffe Paceway near Brisbane when she was hit by a metal tree gate that had been opened and slapped in her head.
Doctors said the impact on her skull was millimeters away from killing Lara or causing permanent brain damage.
While Lara continues to recover from horrific injuries that have left her in a coma, her family has remembered the horrible nightmare that occurred in a split second.
Five months after the almost tragedy, Lara Whitaker celebrated her third birthday this week
& # 39; The gate came out of nowhere. My husband Gary's face was injured and he was in and out of consciousness, but Lara took the full burden. She was torn straight from Gary & # 39; s arms and her small body lay motionless on the floor. It was like a horror movie, & Lara & # 39; s mother told Joedy The Sunday Mail.
Gary, who was to race that night, had a big cut in his head, while Lara & # 39; s baby brother Josh had a broken skill and had bruises on the brain.
But it was Lara who felt the bulk of the impact.
She spent a week in a coma and spent several months in the hospital with rehabilitation and various surgeries to reconstruct her eye sockets, cheeks, nose and jaw.
Doctors continue to follow Lara & # 39; s brain injury until she turns 18, but believe she will grow up happily and healthily.
Lara spent several months in the hospital for rehabilitation and surgery to reconstruct her face
They say it is a miracle that Lara has not contracted a brain haemorrhage.
& # 39; If the greatest impact had been one inch farther up the front of her skull, it would probably have killed her or left her heavy brain damaged. Gert Tollesson of the Queensland Children's & # 39; s Hospital to the publication.
Lara has since returned to her cheeky and lively self and has returned to dancing.
The brave youngster had a big party this week to celebrate her third birthday, complete with bouncy castle and snow cones.
& # 39; She deserved it. She went through hell and at one point I thought it might not be her birthday. Lara is precious because she shows so much empathy for such a young person. After all her suffering she looks at me and asks & # 39; Are you okay with mommy? & # 39; Mrs. Whitaker said.
Lara was nearly killed in a horrible armor racing accident when a gate hit her head
A GoFundMe page that was started by rig racing Todd McCarthy at the time has raised more than $ 80,000 for the Whitakers.
The accident is still being investigated.
The Whitakers insist that the near-tragedy has not destroyed their great love of armor racing, which has been introduced for generations to both Gary & # 39; s and Joedy & # 39; s families.
Authorities continue to investigate the accident at Redcliffe Paceway near Brisbane in March
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