MOBILE, Ala (WALA) - There was a very special birthday party in Mobile Saturday, July 13, for a seven year old girl who fell into an abandoned well in Mississippi last month. It was attended by the child's family and the rescuers who saved her.
Every birthday is special for a child, but for 7-year-old Laylah Willett this celebration holds a lot of emotion for people Laylah didn't even know a few weeks ago.
"She's touched all of our hearts. It's extremely hard for me to talk about that day, because it touched me when that baby come out of that hole," Trent Robertson said.
Greene County Emergency Management Director Trent Robertson was one of dozens of emergency workers who helped to pull Laylah from the 35 foot well.
The child was on a Elementary School Field trip to farm in Mississippi when she fell into a hole 12 inches in diameter.
After spending three hours in the well Laylah was able to wrap straps around her elbows and was hoisted out of the ground.
"You helped us do our job that day, it says layla our little hero, I'm very proud of you," one emergency worker said.
"You did very well. You helped everybody that day," another EMA worker said.
The child responded with a quiet, "Thank you."
Robert Willett said he'd do anything for the people who saved his child.
"It was miracle that she got out. I don't know what we did to deserve it, but it was a life changer," Willett said.
Willett's mother agrees it changed her life.
"Before any of this had happened I would call myself agnostic. I wanted something to prove tome that there was a God, and when she came out of that hole that was my proof. That was my baby and he saved her," Willett's mother said.
For Laylah it was just a fun birthday party with lots of gifts. But, for everyone else it was a lot more.
"Laylah is just a precious little reminder of why we do what we do and that is so others can live," Robertson said.
Laylah's party was organized by Greene County EMA.
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