GoFundMe set up for local four-year-old struck by truck
Emma Larson, the four-year-old daughter of Aaron and Lauren Larson, is focused on something that many children her age love to do: blowing bubbles.
Unfortunately, these particular bubbles are not the colorful, soapy kind found on preschool playgrounds but are, instead, the kind found in hospital rooms, used to encourage Emma's small lungs to work.
On July 4, Emma was struck by a truck near her grandparents' home north of Detroit Lakes, resulting in multiple fractures in her pelvis and a "crushed kidney and spleen," according to her grandfather, Paul Larson.
"It was after fireworks and it was dark out, and she decided to jump out of one vehicle to try and get into another one," he explained. "After she got backed over, she was taken to the hospital and was transferred to Sanford in Fargo right away. There's been some fluid build-up and some internal bleeding, but they think they're getting a handle on it."
Updates have also been posted on Facebook throughout the week by Emma's aunt, Heather Norby.
"Her spleen is in a bunch of pieces--they said that it is the worst it could be," she wrote on July 5. "This is hard news but we still have Emma with us. We thank Jesus that we have not lost her and thank everyone for their prayers."
Aaron and Lauren, who are expecting their fourth child, attend Faith Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, where Paul Larson also serves as a pastor. The church (24688 County Highway 6) is currently accepting a free-will offering on behalf of the family, according to secretary Kari Mehrer.
"All the money donated will go directly to the Larson family to cover any medical costs not covered by insurance," she said. "The rest of the proceeds will go to ease the burden on the family to provide for general needs and comfort as Emma continues to fight on this road to recovery."
Paul Larson added that the support they family has received has been overwhelming.
"We're very grateful for everyone's prayers," he said. "We keep seeing so many ways, in hindsight, that this could have been prevented, but we're also seeing how God was looking out for us. The vehicles were in our yard and the doctors said that, if it had been on hard pavement, she probably wouldn't have survived."
Although the experience has been scary for everyone involved, Larson said that Emma hasn't lost her spark--and that he's hopeful that she will make a full recovery.
"She's been a firecracker since day one," he said. "She's been very spunky with the doctors and nurses, telling them that she wasn't going to smile for any cameras while they did CAT scan and such. Right now, it looks like she's going to make it."
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to raise money for Emma and her family.