THE Sunshine Coast community is rallying to support a local family who lost their one-year-old daughter at the weekend.
Shane and Tracey Bailey's daughter Indiana died on Saturday evening, after a near-drowning at the family's home in Buderim on Monday last week.
Friends are now raising money to try to help the family through this devastating period.
Mrs Bailey discovered their youngest daughter and performed CPR in a desperate attempt to save Indiana's life until paramedics came.
Mum and daughter were airlifted to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital that evening where Indy fought hard for the next six days.
She lost her fight for life late on Saturday.
Indiana would have turned two in June. Family and friends paid tribute to Indiana, who they said was a "brave, affectionate toddler, full of laughter and love".
"Guided by her older loving sisters and amazing hard-working parents but having a mind of her own," a family friend said.
"She was highly intelligent. We would call her their little Einstein.
"She was a miniature version of her dad and 'chalk and cheese' to her mum, a beautiful contrast.
"Her parents adored her like crazy and she was a light (one of three) in their lives, a beautiful, happy, cheeky soul to wake up to in the morning.''
Indy and the Baileys' story has touched the hearts of so many across the Sunshine Coast, and is the reason behind so much giving.
A community Facebook group was set up yesterday and has already attracted more than 300 members.
"As you can understand, the devastation of this tragedy has impacted the family on a catastrophic level and although their lives have stopped, the bills do not," a family friend told the Daily.
"The Bailey family manage their own roofing business and will struggle during this period without our help."
Friends of the family are calling on the community for assistance and donations.
The family were also amid renovations, and so friends are reaching out to anyone who could help get them through this tough time while they grieve and cannot work on their house.
Yesterday, $5000 had already been donated to the family. If you would like to donate or help out in any way, visit the website that is set up for them at http://www.forthebaileys.com.
Mrs Bailey requests that her other two little girls are protected from knowing that it was a drowning at this point in time and that we respect those wishes by not mentioning the circumstances to children who go to school with her daughters.
- JENNA CAIRNEY
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