(Franklin, GA) – A Heard High School sophomore is recovering after a freak ATV accident last Sunday left her with serious injuries. 15-year-old Emma Taylor, a member of the HHS Marching Band was with her family when the 4-wheeler she was riding flipped over on top of her as she was climbing a hill.
According to her parents, Troy and Renae Taylor, Emma suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm, and facial lacerations. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.
According to records released by Administrative Assistant Debbie Hudson, several firefighters and EMT’s with the Heard County Emergency Services EMS answered the call to the location near the pipeline at Jim T. Mickle Road at 2:56 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Emma with her parents, Renae and Troy Taylor at Friday night’s scrimmage game at the high school
Battalion Chief Jeff Whoric made the call to have Emma transported from the scene by life flight to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston where she underwent surgery Sunday evening to repair a golf ball-sized hole in her skull. She was conscious during the entire incident up until surgery.
The surgery went very well and involved the placement of a titanium plate in her head. Remarkably, she was released from the hospital on Tuesday and was able to return home.
Emma’s dad, Troy Taylor, expressed his appreciation for the work performed on his daughter by the Heard EMS workers. “I would love to give a shout out to the Heard County EMA for the quick response to my Emma,” said Taylor. “If I knew all that helped that day I would hug you tighter than you know. To the 911 operator that listened even when they couldn’t hear me, bless you, and especially to Chief Whoric thank you for making the very important life flight call.”
An outpouring of support for the popular young student was seen via facebook all this week as her fellow students, teachers, and many other local residents shared prayers and thoughts of Emma.
Emma now plans to spread the word about the importance of wearing a helmet to try and prevent others from being injured. ” I am so thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers,” said Emma via email this week. “I just want to warn everyone out there to please wear a helmet all the time when you are on an ATV, even if you don’t think you need one. I would have been much better off if I had been wearing mine.”
Although Emma was unable to attend “Meet the Braves” Thursday at the high school, she received the largest round of applause of the night when her name was called as part of the HHS Drumline.
Amazingly, however, Emma did attend a portion of the Braves scrimmage game Friday night with her parents. Everyone was ecstatic to see her out and flocked to see her.
Emma’s mom Renae stated her appreciation as well for all of the community support for her family this week: “Our daughter is healing well and getting better every day. She is still sleeping a lot, but that is what she needs now. She is moving more everyday and the soreness of the accident is getting better. Our family greatly appreciates all the prayers and support that we have received. We have always enjoyed living here in Heard County, but never more than now. Again, from our family – Thank you.”
Emma is hopeful to return to school within about two weeks depending on her progress and she could be back with the Marching Braves in about a month. She is expected to undergo an outpatient procedure on her arm on Tuesday.