Some good news for Golinski
CELEBRITY chef Matt Golinski is starting to show positive signs he is on the road to recovery but remains heavily sedated in Royal Brisbane Hospital.
The 39-year-old suffered horrific burns in the house fire which claimed the life of his wife and three daughters in Tewantin on Boxing Day.
His condition has been downgraded from "critical" to "serious" but he is not yet able to speak and is still undergoing bouts of surgery.
His father Keith said there had been some encouraging signs regarding Matt's progress.
"Although Matt remains heavily sedated, he is now mainly breathing on his own," Mr Golinski said.
"His burns are healing well and there have been some small breakthroughs in his recovery such as Matt responding physically to requests posed by medical staff and family.
"As his level of sedation is still quite high, and he cannot yet speak it remains unclear as to whether Matt is fully aware of what is happening but it's definitely progress in the right direction."
Mr Golinski said he appreciated the ongoing level of interest and concern for his son's health but had learned that there were no "hard or fast rules" when it came to people emerging from medically-induced comas or recovering from serious burns.
"It is quite logical to think that once a patient's sedation levels are lowered that a person might just wake up and start communicating immediately, but this is not the case.
"The hospital's medical team has informed us that for each person it is very different.
"It could take one week or several weeks before the effects of the drugs and general disorientation to fully subside and for Matt to be in a state that most people would define as awake."
Mr Golinksi said the family had not yet been able to determine whether Matt had any memories of the tragic fire or was aware that his wife and children had perished in the blaze.
"For obvious reasons we are being very cautious and working closely with the hospital team to ensure that Matt's recovery is managed at a pace that Matt himself can handle."
Rachael and Matt's families were continuing to draw strength from the support of family and friends.
Donations for the official Matt (Matthew) Golinski Recovery Fund Trust can be made over the counter at any ANZ Bank or by direct deposit to: Account name: Matthew Golinski Recovery Fund Trust. Bank: ANZ. BSB: 014 672 Account number: 263 331 805.