Local girl run over during homecoming parade surprises classmates
Three weeks after being run over in a homecoming school parade, a local fifth grader returned to class and surprised her friends.
Emberley Bandy shared a laugh with her mother and father Friday, but just weeks ago, her family was fearing for her life.
"When the accident happened, I couldn't feel my legs," said Emberley.
On October 18, Emberley was on the fifth grade float at the Bosqueville homecoming parade with her classmates when she fell off the float and was run over.
"We were praying and looking for airline tickets," said Emberley's mother Melissa Bandy. Melissa and her husband Ranson Bandy were out of the state on an anniversary trip and unable to help their daughter.
The family told News 10 that Emberley's teachers stepped up.
"They just did a phenomenal job," said Melissa, "One of her teachers rode in the ambulance with her."
The teachers gave Emberley the motherly love she so desperately needed.
"The teachers are actually caring for me like a mom would," said Emberley.
When the parents did arrive, they found their daughter was in great spirits, demonstrating her strength.
"Her attitude through the whole thing has been amazing. Her teachers and nurses have just said she's amazing," the girl's mother said.
When Emberley arrived at the school pep rally on Friday, she even felt good enough to stand as the national anthem played.
Her parents say this moment would not have been possible if it weren't for the community's support.
"People you walk past and don't even know, it's just outstanding," said Ranson.
Emberley continues to rehab and hopes to get back to school in the not too distant future.
Doctors say it will be another 6 to 8 weeks before she is able to put any pressure on her leg that required surgery.
As she continues in rehab, the family is asking for anyone to help by donating to their GoFund me page "We Believe in Unicorns," that you can access by using this link here https://www.gofundme.com/f/we-believe-in-unicorns