Seattle Seahawks send message to Lou. teen after horrific accident


by Bryan Baker

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 10:23 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville teenager's horrific accident in October is bringing her encouraging messages from people around the world. It's thanks to former Louisville Cardinal and NFL rookie Greg Scruggs who sent her a special video that thousands have seen.

"I saw a car coming towards me, and I didn't wanna make it a bigger wreck than what it should have been so I swerved to the right and I hit the telephone pole," 18-year old Emily Harlan said.

Harlan lost control of her car in southwest Jefferson County and twisted it around a telephone pole. Crews had to cut her out of the car barely alive.

Her brain swelled and bled. She shattered her pelvis and lost all feeling in her left leg, landing in the hospital for 10 days.

"After about the third day [in the hospital] they got me walking around the nurses station, and she just kept motivating me to take deep breaths, slow it down every now and then, and I don't know, I think it will be OK, just gonna take awhile though," she said.

Between her own diagnosis of the Autoimmune disease Lupus, her stepfather's deadly heart attack, her mother's stroke, and her 4-year-old brother's brush with death this year, Emily became used to telling herself everything will be OK.

"They got me on medicine to control my Lupus, but after this wreck and stuff, I mean, I know we'll get through it, we always do."

And the girl whose positive attitude and smile sustains got another reason to keep going, when Scruggs sent her a video on Twitter she didn't expect.

"I heard about it, I think you're a little better now since I last heard about it which is good," he says in the video. "I don't know the next time I'll see you, but until the next time you just make sure you keep smiling, keep being you."

Scruggs met Emily at Texas Roadhouse, where the two worked together, while he played for UofL. Scruggs' video included himself and seven other Seahawks, including former Cardinal Breno Giancomini, giving Emily inspirational messages, though all except Scruggs didn't know her.

"After Greg tweeted me that video I just kept getting all these followers and these mentions, people from all kinds of states, praying for me and I thought it was really neat that he would do that."

 Some of the famous Seattle Seahawks on the video were QB Russell wilson, WR Golden Tate, and RB Leon Washington.

Emily is on bed rest and gets daily visits from therapists and nurses. She's a senior at Atherton high school and wants to be back by February with the help of a walker or cane.