Penny on the mend after near fatal crash
GOOD-natured, friendly and kind are words used to describe Penny Gibson by her friends and co-workers at Quinalow Pub.
When Miss Gibson was rushed to hospital last month following a crash that almost took her life, pub owner Greg Daley and his team thought they were going to lose their friend.
"After the first week we thought she wasn't going to make it,” Mr Daley said.
"We were thinking it was all over and that was pretty terrifying for us.
"She's like family to us.”
Miss Gibson was involved in a near-fatal crash near Kaimkillenbun last month when her car veered into a tree on Dalby-Cooyar Rd during some wild weather.
Since being flown to Brisbane initially for treatment to her legs, pelvis, and abdomen, she has remained in hospital for further injuries, only recently coming out of her coma.
Mr Daley has been giving updates through the Quinalow Pub Facebook page, but decided he needed to take further action.
He sprung into action to organise a fundraiser to pay for Miss Gibson's mum to travel from New Zealand to be there for her daughter.
The pub conducted a raffle which was able to raise $2650 to to help
Miss Gibson's mother
"She's really entrenched in the community, which shows in the way they got behind her with their support,” Mr Daley said.
In the most recent update, Miss Gibson was moved out of the ICU to a high- dependency ward.
She is recovering from a fractured C7 vertebrae, punctured lung, broken ribs, and swelling on her brain among other serious injuries.
While Miss Gibson is slowly but surely on the mend, her battle is not over yet.
According to neurologists, her odds of survival are very good, but the healing process will be long and hard.
But the team at Quinalow Pub will be right beside her all the way.
"She's going to need a lot of support,” Mr Daley said.
Not only has Quinalow raised funds for Miss Gibson, they've taken care of her dogs, looked after her property, and visit her regularly as she recovers.