MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The 11-year-old girl who fell 18 ft. from a rock climbing wall at Marlins Park is out of the hospital.
With the help of her mother and wearing a brace, Emily Davis left Holtz Children’s Hospital Thursday afternoon.
It was the first time she’d been outside since the freak accident her parents feared would leave her paralyzed, or worse.
“We went from Saturday from me being ‘be alive, be alive, don’t be dead’ to ‘we’re going home with a brace on’. So this is wonderful,” Emily Davis’ father Jeff said as she sat nearby in her wheelchair.
The active 11-year-old is looking forward to the day when she’ll be able to run and play soccer again. But for now, her activities are limited.
“Sit, stand, and walk,” is all her dad said she can do. He also joked she can play Jenga.
Jeff Davis says he’s watched cell phone video of his daughter climbing to the top of an 18 ft. rock wall at Marlins Park countless times. He said each time he can’t believe she suddenly and inexplicably fell backwards on to the concrete below.
“She’s in pain,” Davis said of his daughter. “She still hurts, but she’s outside. I just said to her, ‘Hey, look, clouds.’”
The Marlins issued a statement saying “the rock climbing wall was closed immediately following the incident Saturday and the matter is being investigated to determine the cause of the accident.”
“They made a phone call to me, expressing regret,” Davis said. “That’s it.”
Davis believes someone needs to be held accountable.
“We’ve spoken to counsel and that’s going to go wherever it goes,” Davis explained. “Right now, we’re just concentrating on having Emily back and having her on the verge of recuperation being up and about again and doing whatever we have to do to get her back to where she used to be.”
Davis said Emily has watched the cell phone video of the frightening fall. He said her primary reaction was regret her parents had to witness such a terrifying scene.