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Doctors have managed to save the arm of the wedding dressmaker who lost both her legs in a horrific farm mowing accident in rural Queensland.
Claire McKenzie, 61, remains in hospital in an induced coma but her family is hopeful she will be woken later this week, saying there's no sign of infection so far.
Ms McKenzie had saved her own life by calling 000 after suffering catastrophic injuries on Thursday when she was thrown under a tractor and slasher at Ballandean, about 240km southwest of Brisbane on the Queensland-NSW border.
Daughter Hana McKenzie paid tribute to her mother's fortitude in a moving statement to Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.
'Her strength and courage is beyond anything we can imagine,' Hana said.
'Doctors have managed to save her arm at this stage.
'It was severely damaged but... all signs are positive, (however) there is always risk of infection.
'She has undergone multiple surgeries on her legs and arm, (and is) still being kept asleep and sedated.
'We expect her to be woken up late this week or next week pending surgeries.'
Hana expressed her heartfelt thanks to emergency services and medical staff, as well as Granite Belt community members, friends and others to had offered support.
Doctors have managed to save the arm of wedding dressmaker Claire McKenzie (pictured) who lost both legs in a a horrific farm mowing accident in rural Queensland with her family saying 'there is no sign of infection' so far
Claire McKenzie's daughter Hana (pictured) has released a moving tribute to her mum, saying 'her strength and courage is beyond anything we can imagine' and saying despite her arm being 'severely damaged but... all signs are positive'
The 61-year-old was mowing ahead of the bushfire season three years after fires engulfed the tiny town forcing evacuation, but was catastrophically injured when she fell under the slasher
'(Thanks to) Kylie for setting up the GoFundMe page. Hayley and Debbie for setting up a donation and gift drop-off point. Local businesses and the many individuals who have offered to help and donate their time and services,' Hana said.
'The immense support and love we have received so far has truly been overwhelming, and we thank each and everyone of you who has reached out.'
Dasha McKenzie also posted a loving note for 'my beautiful mother-in-law'.
'The support shown by our family, friends and throughout the community is beyond any words we can express,' Dasha said.
'Your thoughts and prayers towards Claire's recovery are greatly appreciated.
'If you are in a position to help financially, donations of all sizes are appreciated, please refer to the Go Fund Me page.'
Hana Mckenzie said her mother (pictured) is a 'much loved member of the communities in Queensland's Granite Belt region as wll as being 'a talented bridal alterations specialist who loves animals, nature and helping people wherever she can'
Claire McKenzie operated fashion and couture business in Victoria and Brisbane before purchasing her house (above) on a 50 hectare property in historic Ballandean, home of Queensland's founding wine industry
The 61-year-old designer and bridal alterations specialist may be woken up in hospital later this week and doctors hope encouraging signs of no infection will boost their hopes of successfully saving Claire's arm
Claire McKenzie had bought the tractor and slasher to keep her 50 hectare Ballandean property safe during bushfire season.
Bushfires tore through the region in 2019, when the tiny town had to be evacuated.
The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council has now predicted an 'above normal fire potential' risk for the area.
Ms McKenzie bought the property in 2016 after moving to Queensland from Victoria.
Hana said her mother had become 'a much-loved member of the Ballandean and wider communities', which included Stanthorpe and Tenterfield.
Hana said her mum is 'a talented bridal alterations specialist who loves animals, nature and helping people wherever she can'.
Ms McKenzie lived alone on the property, where she was slashing undergrowth at the time of