WEST HAVEN, Weber County — The family of Tayton Timothy, the girl who was injured in a freak roller-skating accident late last year, is giving back to an elementary school that helped them in their time of need.
During a school assembly on a Friday afternoon, Tayton, 7, and her family donated two automated external defibrillators to Kanesville Elementary, just in case a student ever needs help.
Last year, it was the students at Kanesville Elementary doing the donating.
Third-grader Sabrina Johnson and her older sister, Sophia, heard Tayton's story. The Delta girl was seriously injured roller skating on Dec. 26, 2015. The accident left her with a skull fracture, broken vertebrae and eye injuries. Even though the students at Kanesville didn’t know her, they raised more than $4,000 to help pay her medical bills.
“It doesn’t really matter that you don’t know them,” Sabrina said of the fundraising. “But you can still help.”
It has nearly been a year since the accident, and Tayton is doing great now.
“Her eye fixed itself, so we just have to go in (to the doctor's office) every once in a while to make sure it’s still healing itself,” said Sammi Timothy, Tayton’s mother.
“After everything everyone has done for us during the whole thing, we felt like we wanted to give back to everyone who has helped us," she said.
It’s an example that some lessons are learned from the heart.
“Karma, maybe? That what goes around comes around, you treat people right, and you do the right things, good things happen,” Principal Justin Willie said.
“A good deed is a good deed that someone shares with someone else that will spread throughout the world and make it a better place,” said Sophia, a sixth-grader.
“Because they make everyone happy,” Tayton said.