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‘My princess’: Donations pour in for family after girl hit by car

Almost $50,000 has been raised for a Queensland family in less than 24 hours as their little girl fights for life after she was struck by a car.Luna Matenga was hit at Ormeau on the Gold Coast on Sunday while crossing Goldmine Road.Police say it is believed the three-year-old crossed the road in between two…

Almost $50,000 has been raised for a Queensland family in less than 24 hours as their little girl fights for life after she was struck by a car.

Luna Matenga was hit at Ormeau on the Gold Coast on Sunday while crossing Goldmine Road.

Police say it is believed the three-year-old crossed the road in between two parked vehicles and was hit by a Toyota Corolla travelling northbound.

She was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital where she remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

A family friend Clare Hamilton started a GoFundMe campaign on Monday with the goal of reaching $30,000, and by Tuesday afternoon it had already raised $49,615.

Ms Hamilton said the aim of the campaign was to help the Matenga family “alleviate any stress they have about money”.

“If this situation has taught us anything it‘s that money is nothing and time is everything,” she said.

“We never thought this would happen to anyone, let alone someone so close to us.”

Luna’s mother Jessica Feeney took to social media to update her friends and family, saying Luna had undergone an MRI on Monday to see if her spinal cord was damaged in the horrific incident.

“We can deal with a break but not a damaged spinal cord! Please keep praying!” she wrote.

“We are not giving up or leaving her side! Positive prayers and energy will send waves to her. She needs everyone’s help, we all do!”

On Sunday, hours after Luna was rushed to the hospital when an off-duty registered nurse started CPR on her at the scene, Ms Feeney said her little girl was “fighting and not giving up”.

“Let’s get through another day my baby! Day by day … I love you princess and loosing you isn’t an option!” she wrote.

“My precious baby girl needs everyone’s help!!! Please put her in your prayers.”

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