Emma was in critical condition when she was flown to the hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery to remove a portion of her skull. With family members constantly by her side, the third-grader has continued to improve.
"She's a very spunky, very determined, very stubborn little girl, and that's going to be to her advantage" Sheila Adams, Emma's aunt, said in January. Adams has monitored Emma's progress on a Caring Bridge website, focusing on the footsteps, smiles and other signs that have let the little girl's family know she's a fighter. The family is hopeful Emma will make a full recovery, though she still faces months of rehabilitation.
Even though she'll no longer be in the hospital, she'll continue her rehabilitation five days a week, according to her family. She will travel Monday through Friday, about 40 minutes each way, for several hours of therapy, her family said.
"We all believe that Emma will make even more drastic improvements when she is surrounded by all the familiar (sights), sounds, and smells of home," Adams posted online.
A separate website has been created to assist the family with medical costs.