Long road to recovery for girl who fell at Helen Hunt Falls


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It started like a normal Sunday in Colorado with a family hike up Helen Hunt Falls.

Lilly Baker and her younger brother ran up ahead.

“We were just walking around, me and him, we were looking for gold in the river,” said 12-year-old Lilly.

Their mom, Amber Baker, was just a few steps behind when she heard that someone had fallen.

“I mean I was only a couple feet from the top and they’re yelling at me saying it was Lilly,” said Amber.

Lilly had slipped on the rocks at Cascade Falls and tumbled 75 feet down the hill.

“I’m screaming ‘that’s my daughter,'” said Amber.

Lilly’s mom and a few Good Samaritans started down after her.

“I was sliding down on my bottom. I made him (her brother) stay up there and I’m just screaming,” said Amber.

When they finally reached her, Amber collapsed at the sight.

“I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t help her and all I could do was just wait,’ said Amber.

Lilly was flown to the Children’s Hospital in Aurora where she spent 5 days but she doesn’t remember most of them.

“I don’t even remember waking up in the hospital until like three days later,” said Lilly.

She doesn’t remember her fall either.

“I was just like walking over the edge cause I wanted to see if I could get back down to there with like just walking,” said Lilly.

Lilly has two ankle fractures, a nose fracture and three skull fractures. Surprisingly, doctors say she will make a full recovery but it won’t be easy.

“She gets flustered with a lot of stuff now. It’s hard for her, but we’ll get there,” said Amber. “The main thing she is freaking out about is how she’s looking right now, but that’s a 12-year-old for ya.”

Like a lot of 12-year-olds, Lilly didn’t have much to say, but she did have some advice.

“Just not to walk over the edge and wear tennis shoes.”

Lilly was wearing flip-flops when she slipped.

“Like her God-dad said she’s not lucky, she’s blessed. So we really do feel we had a guardian angel or two watching over her,” said Amber.

Amber said Lilly’s recovery will take two to three years and thanked the community for their support.

She especially wanted to thank the men who stayed with her and her daughter until help arrived.

“The retired Marine and veteran that stayed and held her head, no matter what she said, and the older Hispanic gentleman that stayed and helped her.”

She didn’t get their names but wants them to know their help was appreciated.

“We would love to be able to thank them,” said Amber.

She also wanted to thank the first responders, Flight for Life, the staff at Children’s Hospital and Jenn West with Nash F.M. who has set up a YouCaring account to help the family with medical expenses.

Over the past 5 days Amber said strangers have shown tremendous kindness to her and her family.

“You don’t see it very often these days, unfortunately.”

Lilly even got a visit from Miles, the Broncos mascot, and a signed picture from Nick Jonas while she was in the hospital. Unfortunately she doesn’t remember it.

“I’m just hoping everyone is as understanding as the people are at the hospital and everyone else has been,” said Amber.>>To help with their medical costs click here.

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