Bellevue girl hit by car meets country singer Eric Paslay

Bellevue girl hit by car meets country singer Eric Paslay (Image 1)

A 10-year-old Nashville girl who wasn’t expected to survive after she was hit by a car last summer had a surprise meet-and-greet with country singer Eric Paslay Thursday morning.

Emma Bradshaw, her mother and sister were also called out on stage prior to Paslay’s CMA Music Festival performance at Riverfront Park.

The crowd cheered after hearing Emma’s incredible story of survival.

Emma was struck by a car on the night of June 19, 2013 while trying to cross Old Hickory Boulevard at Sonya Drive just off Interstate 40 in Bellevue.

Emma was not breathing when she was rushed to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. She suffered traumatic brain injury and a broken neck. She didn’t open her eyes for five days and couldn’t speak for a month.

Doctors didn’t think Emma would survive yet walk again but she has beaten the odds, slowly re-learning to walk and relying less and less on her wheelchair.

Emma loves country music and attended last year’s CMA Music Festival for the first time just 10 days before the accident.

She talked a lot about returning to the CMA Fest during her recovery and her dream was a made reality Thursday morning.

“I was smiling because I wanted to go really, really, really badly,” Emma said.

Emma met Paslay backstage at Riverfront Park just before he took the stage. She was then brought on stage with her family before he started playing.

Emma’s face lit up when she saw Paslay. She told News 2 she was so happy she “just couldn’t believe it.”

“She knows she is still here for a reason. I thank God that she is and it is awesome. I’m smiling because she is here and I’m about to go play some music,” Paslay said.

The family was invited to stay backstage to watch the rest of Paslay’s performance.

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