AKRON, Ohio — Emma Pfouts, the 16-year-old Norton cheerleader who fell critically ill after a severe asthma attack during her school’s homecoming dance, has been making “significant progress” according to her mother Christina Weigand.
On Friday evening, Weigand shared an incredible video of Emma moving her legs on command.
Watch the video below:
Earlier Friday, Weigand shared all of the progress Emma had made so far, including the ability to see, laughing, smiling and understanding speech—to name a few milestones.
On Thursday, Emma laughed when her family reminisced about past events.
“This tells us she REMEMBERS!! I literally have tears in my eyes typing this,” Weigand wrote on Facebook. “Not only does she recognize us, her family, and her close friends, she remembers stories and things that have happened to her in the past!!"
All of the progress is incredibly special considering Emma was given only hours to live when she was admitted to the hospital.
On Oct. 19, 2019, Emma was at the homecoming dance when she started struggling to breathe. A police officer watched as Emma walked to her car to grab her asthma inhaler, but as she returned to the building, the officer noticed the teen was in serious trouble. She never made it back inside.
Emma was placed in a medically-induced coma and soon after waking up began swallowing, yawning and moving her eyes, as well as moving her hand.
On Thursday, doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital told Emma’s family that she has graduated to inpatient rehabilitation as of next week—incredible news for a girl that continues to fight every day.