The Herald Sun reports
Celebrity chef Matt Golinski, who suffered horrific burns in a fire that killed his wife and three daughters, is back on his feet, his father says.
After spending 16 weeks in hospital with third-degree burns to 40 per cent of his body, Golinski is again able to eat and walk short distances.
But he will remain in hospital for some time, where his rehabilitation program includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pain management and counselling.
Keith Golinski says his son is displaying remarkable determination and courage as his physical recovery continues.
"Even though it is painful and exhausting, Matt is really throwing everything into his physical recovery at present," Mr Golinski said in a statement yesterday.
"He is working very hard in his therapy to regain his body's strength and to be a bit more independent."
He says his son is still working through his grief, after losing his wife Rachael and their three daughters, 12-year-old twins Sage and Willow, and Starlia, 10, in the Boxing Day fire at their Sunshine Coast home.
The celebrity chef was unable to attend a funeral service for his wife and children last month.
"It's still hard to believe that Rachael and the girls are not with us and I think that as Matt gets physically stronger, that his body will start to cope better with the emotional side of things," Mr Golinski said.
"I think it’s still all a bit surreal at present and Matt has been completely overwhelmed with the level of support that has been directed toward him since the accident ...
"Knowing that everyone is truly there for him and wishing him back to wellness has made a significant, positive impact on his progress."
Mr Golinski, who also lives on the Sunshine Coast, says his son will likely live with him when he is finally released from hospital.
He thanked staff at the Brisbane and Women's Hospital burns unit for the excellent care his son has received.
"We cannot thank them enough. They are truly the unsung heroes in our society," Mr Golinski said.