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Emily Bowman Says First Words Since Accident

The former Kennesaw State University student and Woodstock High School graduate repeated the words "home" last week in front of her mother.

Emily Bowman Says First Words Since Accident
By Kristal Dixon

The Woodstock woman who suffered severe injuries after she was hit by a truck has spoken her first words in over a year.

Emily Bowman said the words, "home" after she arrived home from a doctor's appointment, her mother wrote on the Bows For Bowman Facebook page.

Debbie Bowman said her daughter uttered the words after they arrived home from a visit with her neurosurgeon at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Emily Bowman was asked to say "home" by her nurse, and repeated the word.  

Bowman said when she heard her daughter say the word, she opened the car door, and went around to the side where her daughter was sitting. She asked Emily to say "home" again, and she did. She also said she asked her daughter to say mom and dad, to which Emily replied "mah" and "da," respectively. 

"That's when I lost it," she said. "I started hugging her and boo-hooing...with tears of joy."

A GoFundMe page is now up and running, and residents can donate money to help pay for Bowman's medical expenses.

Bowman, a former Kennesaw State University student and Woodstock High School graduate, had been hospitalized in critical condition at Athens Regional Medical Center between Feb. 16 and March 8 when she was hit by a pick-up truck as she and a friend walked along Oak Street.

They were walking on the grassy shoulder, Athens-Clarke County investigators believe, when a pickup driven by William Wilson Heaton left the road and then hit Bowman from behind as he returned the vehicle to the road. He left the area and abandoned the truck, police believe. 

Heaton was arrested and charged with hit-and-run, driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, and open container. 

In June, he was  indicted by a Clarke County Grand Jury on 13 counts, including DUI, open container, reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report the accident and failure to maintain lane. 

Bowman was released from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and  returned home to a newly renovated home done by Roswell-based Sunshine on a Ranney Day.

Those renovations include converting the den on the main level into a room for her mother, which will allow her to be close to her daughter; converting the dining room into a bedroom for Bowman when she returns; remodeled a half-bathroom on the main level into a full handicap-accessible bathroom; remove carpeting and install new flooring in the main areas to accommodate Bowman's wheelchair; constructing a wheelchair ramp outside the front door of the home; and furnishing and decorating each of the new rooms.

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