ANN ARBOR, MICH., AUG. 25 -- Four-year-old Cecilia Cichan, the lone survivor of the Aug. 16 crash of Northwest Flight 255 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, remained in serious condition today, although she is conscious and awake much of the time, hospital officials said.
Cecilia has been told that her parents and 6-year-old brother were killed in the crash, hospital spokeswoman Toni Shears said; she said hospital officials would not discuss who told her or what her reaction was.
But another spokesman, John Turck, said Cecilia was cheered Monday when she was given the doll she lost in the wreckage.
Cecilia's uncle, David Cichan, pulled the doll from behind his back and asked her, "Do you know who this is?" Turck said.
"She said, 'That's my doll,' and smiled, and seemed comforted by it," Turck said. "It appears to mean something to her."
"She is conscious and awake a good deal of the time now, and is talking quite a bit," Shears said. She said it would be a few days before physicians could gauge the success of skin grafts performed on Cecilia's burned hands and arms last week.
Cards, toys and other gifts for Cecilia continued flooding the University of Michigan hospital, spokeswoman Catherine Cureton said. Donations to a fund set up in Cecilia's name exceeded $30,000 Monday afternoon, she said.
Cecilia's uncle said her progress has been "just phenomenal."
"She's getting feisty, she's starting to get a little demanding, and she really enjoys having her book read to her," Cichan said. The book is "Cloudy, With a Chance of Meatballs," a story of a town where food rains from the skies.
A funeral for Cecilia's parents, Paula and Michael Cichan, and brother David is scheduled Wednesday morning at St. Alphonsus Church in Maple Glen, Pa.