6-year-old Utahn seriously hurt in skating accident returns home after more than a month

Posted at 9:24 PM, Jan 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-30 23:24:46-05

DELTA, UTah -- A little girl who spent more than a month in the hospital following a freak roller skating accident has returned home to Delta.

On Friday, six-year-old Tayton Timothy was released from Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Tayton was roller skating December 26 when a man accidentally fell on her, causing several serious injuries. She was in a medically-induced coma for about a week. She had a fractured skull, broken vertebrae and injured eye.

"They didn't know if she would make it, and if she did, they didn't know how well she would be," said Tayton's mom, Sammi Timothy. "They told us the walking, she might need a walker for a year or so, she proved them wrong. Her hand-eye coordination is not going to be great, proved them wrong, every little thing they said is not going to be that great for her, she proved them wrong."

Tayton said during her time in the hospital she missed her dog Luke more than anything else. Her little brother Hayden was a close second.

Tayton is also playing with her Christmas presents for the first time since the accident.

The brave little girl is still trying to regain strength in her left eye, but she doesn't mind wearing a patch, because she said she gets to pretend she's a pirate.

Tayton doesn't remember the accident. As for her parents, they hold no grudges against the man who fell on their daughter.

"Accidents happen, and the way he jumped down and helped her instantly is more than I can ask" Timothy said.

The Timothy family is overwhelmed by the support and fundraising individuals and communities throughout Utah have provided.

"It shows in this world for everything that is negative, there are still those positives out there that are proving those negatives wrong," Timothy said.

Tayton has become the most visited first grader in Delta. She wants to remember and thank every single person, so she hung up a poster in her house that every visitor can sign.

Tayton plans to return to school on Monday so she can be reunited with all her friends, however she officially won't go back to class for at least another month. Doctors want her to be home schooled until she completely recovers from all of her injuries.