Well.....our journey begins around 4 pm on New Years Eve. Our 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. This has worked marvelously and she has been doing as is expected throughout the the first 48 hours. She is sleeping deeply as they have her purposely asleep for 5-7 days and then the doctors will begin the process of waking her up the following 5 or so days. Then, as all of the initial critical time frames have passed, she will start down the road to full recovery.
She has been provided with the best care that could ever be expected. From the best nurses to the top physicians.....nothing has been spared to get her the very best trauma care. When you add the many churches who have formed prayer chains and the many,many friends who have offered prayers up for Emma......we all know that we will soon have our Emma back to full speed.
We know this is going to be a long process....months....but with every day that passes our faith is strengthened and we know our Lord is in control.
We will keep you up to date with daily journal entries.