The journey begins around 4 pm on New Years Eve. Emma discovered a pair of mules that had escaped from a neighbor’s pasture. Being the horse lover that she is…she headed through the pasture with her mama and joined their neighbor to try and get them safely into a pasture till the owner could be found.
This Good Samaritan gesture soon would take a turn for the worst. As Emma was bringing a bucket of feed around to lure them to safety, her mother was just getting out the warning to Emma to get up on the bank to safety. Instantly the mule turned and delivered a direct kick to little Emma’s head.
Lisa, her mother, instinctively grabbed her up and called 911 and handed the phone off to the neighbor to get emergency care there quickly. Within minutes little Emma was air lifted to Egleston Children’s Hospital. Her mama and daddy and big brother along with many friends and family quickly arrived at the hospital to be near Emma.
The initial treatment was to remove a portion of Emma’s skull to allow her brain to swell without any damaging pressure. Emma spent 78 days in the hospital and then another 3 months in Day Rehab at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, Emma still isn’t able to talk but her walking is improving and her hands are getting better about grabbing things and her swallowing is getting better and so is her eating, Emma started back to school in August at Cherokee Charter with her mama going to school with her daily to help her get through the day and also feeding her by hand Emma is very bright and has a device that she can type on to tell everyone what she wants and needs, and also answer the teachers questions which she is enjoying.
On Sunday, September 7th, Chukkar Farm is hosting a fundraiser to help little Emma continue on her road to healing. Please join us at 1:00 pm for a great afternoon of fun, friends, and of course – polo!