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There’s relief for a young family after their 15-month-old girl fell out of a second-storey window Saturday.
She is expected to make a full recovery, her father said Monday.
Emma-Marie’s parents, Nevada Anderson and Christopher Genaille, have spent the last few days at her hospital bedside.
The child is getting antsy to go home, Anderson said Monday, adding Emma-Marie is improving despite injuries to her head and possibly her spine.
"She was cleared to eat (Sunday)," Anderson said.
"(Monday morning), she ate a lot of food, which is really good and I feel a lot of relief that she’s getting back to her normal self. She’s happy and she’s being silly.
"No one can pick her up yet, so we’re really sad about that. She likes to be carried a lot. She’s on bed rest right now, but since she’s always moving, that’s pretty hard. She doesn’t understand the meaning of bed rest."
Anderson said Emma-Marie has two skull fractures, two small brain bleeds, and a head laceration, for which she received stitches.
"(The doctors) are worried about a fracture in her spine, so she’s in a neck collar right now and they’re doing an MRI (Tuesday) to see for sure if it is," she said.
Depending on those results, Anderson hopes her daughter can return home by the weekend.
Investigators ruled the incident that sent Emma-Marie to the hospital in critical condition an accident, police said Sunday.
No charges will be laid.
Anderson said she was watching TV with her daughter in their apartment in the 100 block of Mayfair Avenue when she looked away for a few moments to answer a text from Genaille.
"The next thing I know, I don’t hear her anymore," she said.
"That’s when I ran to the window and (saw) her on the ground. It happened so fast. It felt like I couldn’t run down those stairs fast enough.
"I know people say you shouldn’t pick them up or move them in any way, but I couldn’t just leave her laying there, so I did pick her up. She was in my arms."
She said that’s when she asked Genaille’s brother and her sister to call 911. She said paramedics came within four minutes. They took Emma-Marie to hospital in critical condition, but she was later upgraded to stable.
Genaille said doctors told them she should get back to normal soon.
"They’re saying she’s expected to make a full recovery and be the same healthy, happy baby she was, with no permanent effects or anything," he said. "That’s really a relief, and we’re really grateful for all the support and prayers."
After the fall, the couple saw a number of comments on social media critical of their parenting. Genaille said the words were hurtful, making the situation worse.
"People shouldn’t be so quick to assume and judge because it’s really unfair. I know I’m guilty of that, too, because I’ve done that in the past, but until it happens to you, you really don’t know what the parents are going through… and why certain things happened.
"Just don’t judge based on facts that you don’t know."