“She’s showing incredible resilience, given the immense trauma her tiny frame has been through,” shared her aunt, Kate Story.
A 7-year-old girl from Utah, Emery Burrows, faced serious injuries on Sunday after being struck by a pickup truck while retrieving a ball from the street.
The St. George Police reported that officers hurried to the location at around 8 p.m. local time, responding to a distress call about a traffic accident with injuries on 900 South Morningside Drive.
According to the police and a GoFundMe page set up for her, Emery had inadvertently kicked a soccer ball onto the roadway. As she dashed to retrieve it, a passing pickup truck hit her. The impact left her with substantial injuries, necessitating immediate transport to a nearby hospital.
The driver of the truck stayed at the scene and assisted with the investigation, as stated by the police department.
According to her family, who spoke to NBC affiliate KSL-TV and St.GeorgeNews.com, Burrows was playing soccer with her brother on their front lawn when the ball ended up in the road. Despite waiting for the road to clear, the 7-year-old didn’t see the approaching truck, and the driver, reported to be a neighbor, allegedly didn’t notice her either as she stepped onto the roadway.
“It’s a situation where you can’t really blame Emery or the driver,” Kate Story, Emery’s aunt, conveyed to the station. “It’s just a heartbreaking incident.”
Story detailed Emery’s critical injuries, including a comprehensive skull fracture stretching “from ear to ear,” resulting in a brain bleed, as reported by St.GeorgeNews.com. The young girl also underwent surgery due to significant damage to her right tibia, as highlighted in the reports.
Nonetheless, Emery’s aunt relayed that the young girl is demonstrating signs of improvement.
“Considering the severe trauma her petite frame has undergone, her recovery is astounding,” remarked Story, as reported by St.GeorgeNews.com.
By Monday evening, after being taken off sedation and managing to breathe independently, Emery could utter a few words, though her consciousness was intermittent, as reported by the outlet.
Describing Emery as a “powerful little soul,” her aunt conveyed her resilient spirit to St.GeorgeNews.com. Her mother, Trit Borrowman, solicited prayers on her daughter’s GoFundMe page for Emery’s complete recovery to resume her passions for dancing, playing soccer, and showering affection on her puppies. “Her fighting spirit is unmatched. She’s the most resilient little girl I know,” Borrowman penned.
Borrowman also extended her plea for prayers to the neighbor involved in the accident, hoping for emotional healing for him and his spouse from this unfortunate incident. Expressing her gratitude, she wrote, “Thank you.”
As Wednesday morning arrived, the fund collection had already surpassed $9,000, aiming to alleviate the financial burden of the expenses incurred post-accident.