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Young Gold Coast helicopter crash survivor wakes from coma



There's been a glimmer of hope in the aftermath of the Gold Coast helicopter tragedy.

Leon De Silva, the nine-year-old boy from Geelong West, woke up from his induced coma on Thursday, moving from
a critical condition to stable condition at Queensland Children's Hospital.

Meanwhile, the surviving pilot Michael James and one of the women from New Zealand were both discharged from Gold Coast University Hospital in the past 24 hours.

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The woman's released from the hospital allows her party to now travel back home to their families in New Zealand.

Sadly, the 10-year-old boy from Sydney, Nick Tadros, remains in a very critical condition and is on life support at Gold Coast University Hospital.

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His mother Vanessa Tadros, 36, was among those who died at the scene. Nick's father asking for prayers and for supporters to rally behind the family at this very trying time.

Four people were killed when the two Sea World Helicopters crashed in front of shocked onlookers at the Broadwater on Monday afternoon.

On Thursday, a steady stream of people lay flowers and tributes at Broadwater Parklands for those who died in the accident.

The family of British couple Ron and Diane Hughes visited the makeshift memorial on Thursday to lay some flowers and read some of the kind words written by members of the community.

A vigil is planned for Sunday, January 15 with a local resident organising for a human chain to be formed around the Broadwater to honour and respect the victims and their families.

Aviation lawyers believe the investigation into the crash, which could take months, may pave the way for legal action by victims and their families.

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