Fund set up to help April-lee

Prayers answered: April-lee Gillen has woken from a coma.

Prayers answered: April-lee Gillen has woken from a coma.

A charity fund has been established for April-lee Gillen, the teenager who suffered serious head injuries when she was struck in a hit-and-run incident in Lake Heights in April.

April-lee, 17, was found lying unconscious on Northcliffe Drive in the early hours of April 20, and has been in hospital since.

Police are yet to find the person responsible.

In an online post, the creator of the charity fund said April's condition had slowly improved.

"All our prayers were answered and April woke up," the fund's creator wrote.

"The result of this tragic accident is April now has a brain injury and a broke [sic] ankle which she had to have an operation on to put a plate and six screws in.

"April is being transferred to Liverpool Hospital to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit."

The fund's creator said April's mother, Leonie, had struggled financially since the incident.

"Unfortunately Liverpool Hospital are currently doing renovations and don't have any accommodation for her to stay in and [she] needs to find somewhere to stay," they wrote. "Being a single mother she can't afford the accommodation or to travel up and back every day."

The aim of the fund is to raise at least $7000 to pay for accommodation so Leonie can provide constant support.

The fund's creator said there had been an outpouring of support for April-lee since the incident.

"We do not know how long April will be in hospital for."

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