Matt Golinski emerging out of coma

Matt Golinski with his wife Rachel, twins Willow and Sage and Starlia.
Matt Golinski with his wife Rachel, twins Willow and Sage and Starlia. David Thomas

FOR the first time since receiving life-threatening burns in the Boxing Day house fire, Sunshine Coast celebrity chef Matt Golinski is experiencing brief periods of semi-consciousness.

Mr Golinski remains in a heavily sedated state in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.  

He is not yet able to walk or talk however his father, Keith Golinski said that there had been some encouraging progress regarding his son's condition in the past week.

 Matt's condition remains listed as 'critical, but stable'.

The Boxing Day fire claimed the lives of Mr Golinski's wife, Rachael, 38, and three daughters Sage,12, Willow, 12, and Starlia, 10.

Despite Mr Golinski's progress, he is expected to remain in hospital for several more months whilst medical staff continue treatment.

Keith praised the efforts of the hospital team for their compassion and care to date as well as acknowledging the strength of his son's body and spirit.

"We are so grateful to the hospital's medical team for their ongoing, excellent care of Matt.

"Their skill, combined with Matt's strength of will is what is keeping us going at present."

Keith thanked the community for the well wishes that continue to be directed toward the families concerned.

"On behalf of Rachael and Matt's families, we thank each and every person for their love and support, Keith said.

"I believe it continues to help Matt, but also helps to buoy the spirits of family and friends."

Keith said that funeral arrangements for Rachael and the children will be made in consultation with his son and family members. 

Details will be released at a later date.

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