Two weeks ago, a Rose Hill eighth grader collapsed at a spelling bee. Her heart stopped beating. Emma Baker has no memory of what happened, but thanks to a parent in the audience who performed CPR until paramedics arrived, Emma had a chance to live.
Doctors quickly sent Emma by plane to a Denver children's hospital. She was in a coma, with little hope of living.
"Just going through this has made me stronger," said Emma Baker now at her home recovering.
Just over 24 after her collapse, Emma surprised everyone when she started breathing on her own, and she woke up saying God and her grandmother were with her.
Doctors say Emma has a heart condition that causes her heart to beat irregularly when her adrenalin rises. Emma now has a defibrillator in her chest in case it ever happens again.
For now, Emma has to sit out of cheerleading for the rest of the year and take it easy, but she can't wait to get back to school.
In the meantime, the entire town of Rose Hill has rallied behind Emma. Her family says they are so grateful for the community, friends, family, the hospital staff and the woman who saved Emma's life.
Rose Hill is going to hold a fundraiser for the Baker family this week, and the woman who gave Emma CPR is planning on a trip to Rose Hill to meet her.