A 25-year-old mother of someone in a coma for several days after having suffered life-threatening injuries in an accident in County Donegal has "opened her eyes", her family said.
Rachel Elliott, who lives outside of Irvinestown, sustained injuries to her brain, back and pelvis after she was thrown from the rear window of a blue Peugeot 306 when it hit a wall in the seaside resort of Bundoran and killed two people.
Shiva Devine (20) from Belleek and Conall McAleer (20) from Ederney, who were passengers in the car, died on the spot. Two people, presumably Fermanagh's brothers and also in the car, were seriously injured.
Miss Elliott's family says they have received no guarantees from doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin that they will survive the crash after being transferred to the critical hospital state at Sligo University Hospital on Sunday evening.
Doctors have told the family that Miss Elliott showed strong signs of brain stem injury because she did not respond. & # 39; Earlier today (Saturday) there was a breakthrough.
"Today we have seen her open her blue eyes, this is a big thing," said her sister Donna. "All we can do is continue to pray that she has fully recovered.
Earlier this week, Miss Elliott told The Impartial Reporter what impact her sister's injuries had on her family.
"It is heartbreaking to see her there and you can not do anything, we just want her to go through, we need her to get through, she has to go for her little boy Ronnie," she said, fighting against the tears.
"We're numb, it's a living nightmare, we do not know if she'll make it, it's a guard game for us, we do not have any answers," she said.
The family, including the parents Ivan and Susan, her brother Hugh-John and other sister Lorraine, have to panic while doctors work around the clock to make sure Miss Elliott gets all the treatments she needs.
"Ronnie needs her, if you look at him, you see her. He misses his mummy terribly, we all do that, "said Miss Elliott, in an emotional homage.