On October 14, 2015 Emilie was thrown from a horse during a horseback riding lesson with her sister, Ella. Emilie was not
breathing, and CPR had to be performed. Emilie was airlifted to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. She did not regain consciousness and was placed on life support. The doctors at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital diagnosed Emilie with several severe brain injuries including four, separate brain bleeds, a diffuse axonal injury and a left temporal fracture. Emilie continued to remain on life support in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and remained at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for 3 1/2 weeks.
When she was finally removed from life support, Emilie could no longer walk, talk, eat and was completely paralyzed on her right side. Emilie slowly recovered and after a long stint in rehabilitation, Emilie can now walk, run, skip, sing her favorite songs. She returned to her school and is currently enjoying the fourth grade. With a traumatic brain injury recovery is a long road but Emilie never complains and continues to get better. Emilie is driven by a constant determination to not let this injury hold her back but to only make her stronger.