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    >>> as we all know kids can adventurous and parents love to let them have fun. an incident at a rock climbing wall in miami got very serious when something went wrong and a father's camera was rolling. here is mark potter .

    >> reporter: with her family close by her side, 11-year-old emily davis is doing a lot better now than after her horrible fall over the memorial day weekend . her father feared she might have been killed.

    >> be alive. be alive. be alive. anything else we can take care of from there.

    >> reporter: the accident occurred during a family trip during the miami marlins baseball park . at the end of the game, emily was the first to scale a rock climbing wall set up for kids. but as seen on the video shot by her dad when she got to the top of the wall, her safety harness failed and she fell about 18 feet hitting her head on the concrete below.

    >> i started coming down and the cables snapped and i fell on my back.

    >> reporter: what do you remember about that fall?

    >> all i remember is just seeing, like, everything kind of fall as i was and then i blacked out.

    >> reporter: her father rushed to her side feeling for a heartbeat or other signs of life which he finally heard.

    >> about that time, that's when she first started gurgling and moaning and making beautiful noises.

    >> reporter: at the children's hospital in miami, emily was found to have a concussion and serious bruising but no broken bones or internal organ damage. for a while though, she had to wear a neck brace which she hated.

    >> it's kind of like a dog with the cones over their head.

    >> reporter: the miami marlins issued a statement saying they immediately closed the climbing wall after the accident which is under investigation. they also said the marlins will continue to prioritize safety for all activities taking place at marlins park. we wish her well in her continued recovery. the vendor the marlins said they hired to operate the rock climbing wall would not comment when contacted by nbc news. meanwhile, emily has some tongue and cheek advice about climbing walls.

    >> just make sure that several people have gone before you before all the sudden you go.

    >> and that report was from nbc's mark potter . em sli now walking slowly awaiting release from the hospital. her parents say they are considering legal action.

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updated 5/30/2012 8:44:29 AM ET 2012-05-30T12:44:29

A day at the ballpark over Memorial Day weekend nearly turned catastrophic for an 11-year-old girl when she plummeted from the top of a climbing wall after her safety harness failed at a Miami Marlins game on Saturday.

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Emily Davis was the first one up a climbing wall that had been set up for kids after the Marlins’ game against the San Francisco Giants when her safety harness came loose as she began her descent back down. She fell backward, dropping 18 feet and smacking her head on the concrete below. Her father had been shooting video of her climb on his cell phone when he rushed to her side, frantically feeling for a pulse or a heartbeat.

‘Be alive, be alive’
“It was, ‘Be alive, be alive, be alive,’’’ Jeff Davis told NBC News about his initial thoughts. “Anything else we can take care from here. About that time, that's when she first started gurgling and moaning, making these beautiful noises.’’

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“I started coming back down, and the cable snapped and I fell on my back,’’ Emily told NBC News from her hospital bed. “All I remember was seeing everything kind of fall as I was, and then I blacked out.’’

Emily was taken to the Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, where she was diagnosed with a concussion and serious bruising, but luckily no broken bones or internal organ damage. The accident is under investigation, and the Marlins said in a statement that they immediately closed the climbing wall after the girl’s fall. Davis’s parents told NBC News they are considering legal action.

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“The Marlins will continue to prioritize safety for all activities taking place at Marlins Park,’’ the team said in a statement. “We wish her well in her continued recovery.’’

The vendor the Marlins hired to operate the rock-climbing wall declined comment to NBC News.

It turned out that the worst part of the ordeal for Davis was wearing a neck brace in the immediate aftermath while in the hospital.

“It was kind of like a dog with those cones over your head,’’ she said. “It wasn’t comfortable at all.’’

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Davis has begun slowly walking again as she recovers, and her father wants to warn other parents to be careful and check the safety equipment on climbing walls before their children start playing on them. Davis also has learned a valuable lesson when it comes to being the first one up to the top of a climbing wall.

“Just make sure that several other people have gone before all of a sudden you go,’’ she said, laughing.

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