Burns victim Paris makes stunning formal comeback

TEENAGER Paris Turkington's focus is steadily shifting from burns recovery to the things other young adults might take for granted.

She has restarted her senior schooling, gained her driver licence and on Thursday night dazzled in a stunning gown at her Glennie School formal.

Her father Gary Turkington yesterday detailed the amazing progress his daughter had made since suffering severe burns at a backyard party in August last year.

He said Paris, 18, was still wearing a full body compression suit and had more surgery scheduled in the coming year.

She began an intensive University of Queensland course six weeks ago to complete her senior high school study to ensure she is eligible to study law.

"We are on the right road," Mr Turkington said.

He joked that preparing for her school formal was stressful for all involved.

"She is no different to any other teenager."

Support from her school, friends, family and the wider community has had an overwhelmingly positive influence on her recovery.

A recent example of generosity came when a Brisbane-based car dealer lent her father a $650,000 Bentley Flying Spur to take Paris to her Picnic Point formal.

"The community have been very kind which has made Paris' experience easier to live through.

"Glennie has been great all the way along."



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