Returning home

Sofia Montoya is surrounded by members of the Coastside Fire Protection District engine company that responded to her aid after an incident at Farallone View Elementary School last month. First responders, friends and neighbors all turned out on Thursday to welcome Montoya home from the hospital. Julia Reis / Review

She rehearsed the song for months leading up to the big event, but on the night of the Farallone View Elementary School talent show, third-grader Sofia Montoya was in the hospital and unable to perform.

So a recording of the song played on its own, with audience members invited to sing the chorus. Later, Sofia’s mother, Shawna Montoya, showed her a video of the performance that had gone on in her absence. With Sofia lying unconscious in a hospital bed, Shawna played the recording of the Rachel Platten song in her daughter’s ear.

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“Something amazing will come out of this,” Montoya said.

"Something amazing" already has.

As a parent, I can't begin to imagine what Sofia's parents went through.

That Sofia is back with her family, healthy and now knowing of a problem that appears they can deal with is a God send and a benchmark for faith.

This is such a feel good story. What a cute young lady ... and lucky that things lined up as they did.

From the Fire District personnel efforts, to the hospital staff, to ... my eyes watered when I read it and are again as I try to type it ... to Montoya's playing the song about lizard lips, that Sofia sang along with - Wow, what a powerful story and what a wonderful ending to it all.

Family is everything. Welcome home, Sofia.

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