Jamie, 28, posted pictures of Maddie, who was 8 years old at the time, during her stay in the hospital after the traumatic incident. “3 years ago today, Super Bowl Sunday fell on February 5th, and I’ll never forget that, because it was the day my whole world stopped,” the actress began her long caption. "It started like most Sundays, going to church, visiting family, to suddenly trying to save my daughter's life, to them taking her away, to us believing we had lost her forever, and it literally felt like the world stood still around me. I have never spoken fully in detail about that day, and the events that followed, but what I will share is that God blessed us with a true miracle.”
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“Maddie not only stayed here with us, but she made a full recovery,” Jamie continued. “I know so many of you prayed so hard for us, so I will never let this day pass without thanking each of you for every single prayer you said for us, and I hope you all know we do not take this huge blessing we were given for granted, because most are not as fortunate, and we are fully aware of that horrible and unfair fact.”
The mother of two concluded her emotional message by noting how grateful she is for her daughter’s recovery. “I am filled with gratitude today, and everyday, even on the bad days, because even those days are a gift, that so many others would give anything just to have their loved ones back. Let’s all be thankful for the tiny miracles in our lives everyday, that we may take for granted, because it could all change in a second. Thank y’all for always being there for me and my family, we appreciate you and love you so much.”
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On February 5, 2017, Maddie was on a hunting trip in Kentwood, Louisiana, when her off-road vehicle flipped and she became trapped under water. She was strapped in by a seatbelt, which hindered her parents Jamie and her now ex-fiancé Casey Aldridge from breaking her free right away.
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Maddie was knocked unconscious after being submerged for several minutes. When first responders arrived, she was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in New Orleans. Maddie was reported to be in critical condition. After, she stayed in the hospital for five days and made a full recovery.
The Nickelodeon alum praised the first responders in December 2017 for their heroic actions. “John and Victoria are the first responders, who literally saved Maddie’s life, and they were able to celebrate … another year of her life with us this past weekend,” she gushed on social media.