A FORMER sales assistant who will never walk again after she was hit by a falling concrete slab is suing Gold Coast City Council.
Glenda Merlini, 24, had just landed her dream job at Prada last August when the block fell on her as she walked down the stairs of Bruce Bishop Car Park in Surfers Paradise.
The Italian, who was about to return to her home country to take up the chance of a lifetime, was left with a broken tibia, broken ribs, collapsed lung, broken L1 vertebrae and several spine injuries.
Despite a series of “difficult surgeries”, Ms Merlini was told her situation had not changed.
“F*** you life I am doing it better!” she wrote on a Facebook post accompanied by a video of her walking with leg supports.
“I never and ever thought that I could have the feeling of standing up and walking again in my life after the accident, unfortunately, I will never walk again with my own legs.
“My last goal was use some supports and have the feeling of walking again, just the feeling means a lot to me.
“At least I can say that I am really proud of myself, I have been working hard to make this happen.
“I could never do it by myself, I would love to thank all the people that have been supporting me in the last four months with unconditional love. people that I know and people that I have never met thank you.
“I promise I’ll not give up. I love you all.”
Ms Merlini has now returned to Carpaneto Piacentino in Italy, after she was taken to the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane by emergency services and treated there.
Her friend Rossella Zara, from Melbourne, has set up a GoFundMe page to support her, describing the devastation of what happened to the young woman and her shattered hopes.
“The night of the 24th of August, Glenda was heading home with her boyfriend after just being given a job opportunity to work for PRADA,” wrote Ms Zara. “This is where she had planned to start her career. Finally, her dream had come true!
“This freak incident will change Glenda’s life forever and her plans she had made for her future.”
The injured young woman’s friend Maria Rampa wrote on the fundraising page: “I feel privileged to have met you and your mum Cristina. I hope everything goes well for you in the future and that despite your accident you will remember Australia and your friends and adventures here with fondness. You are a beautiful, happy soul and you deserve to have a wonderful life so my wishes go to you and your family for a future filled with love and joy.”
Gold Coast City Council on Wednesday night agreed to sell the ageing car park to fund new infrastructure — two bridges and part of the city’s new cultural precinct — allowing the site to be revitalised by the new owner while retaining at least 740 parking spaces for community use.
A spokesman for Gold Coast City Council told news.com.au: “The investigation is ongoing and no further comment can be made at this stage.’’