By MEL MARTIN
IN the most terrifying moment of her life, Fleur Allen watched helplessly as her nine-year-old daughter, Georgia, tumbled 15 metres down a cliff at Turimetta Heads last Sunday.
"I screamed and raced over," Mrs Allen said.
"But she was about 150 metres away, so it took a while to get to her."
"I saw her free-falling and bouncing off each ledge, it was horrible. I definitely thought she would be dead or paraplegic."
But when Mrs Allen raced to the bottom and reached Georgia, she heard her say 'It hurts, it hurts'.
"I was so thankful," she said.
"The fact that she rolled down horizontally probably saved her head.
"And she hit rocks on the way down and landed on a sand dune, which probably saved her."
On a holiday in Sydney, Georgia had been with her cousin ? who had climbed that cliff many times ? when she fell.
Mrs Allen feels Georgia probably grabbed hold of a plant for support and the plant might have given way.
After her fall, with the help of an off-duty surf lifesaver, Georgia was positioned correctly for the anxious wait for help.
"Georgia said her neck was tingling, and you could see the broken bone sticking up in her arm," Mrs Allen said.
"The Westpac Helicopter came but they can't land on the sand, so they had to winch her up, which meant I couldn't be with her. She was very brave."
Despite initial fears from the ambulance officers, that Georgia may have had internal injuries and may have ruptured her spleen, the Allen family were relieved to find out she suffered much less serious injuries ? a badly broken arm, and plenty of abrasions.
Georgia stayed under observation at the Royal North Shore Hospital for three days, heading home to Coffs Harbour on Saturday. Only a week after her fall she is already keen to get back to school today.
"She's a very determined child," Mrs Allen said.
"She won't let me help her cut her food or do her belt. But that's been a good thing, it's probably helped her get better.
"It was incredibly scary, but I'm so thankful," Mrs Allen said. "It's a miracle story."