Maddie's stepfather, Jamie Watson, Instagrammed a picture of Maddie sitting in a helicopter on Friday, as her mother stands outside with a big smile. Watson said the trio are heading home as Maddie continues to recover.
"Thanks to the amazing first responders, and medical teams at University and Children's Hospital in New Orleans, LA, we are headed home with our baby girl as she continues to recover," Watson writes. "Above all else we are so thankful for each and every prayer, because we know that is what truly made the difference. Thank you again to everyone. We are truly blessed."
Maddie's aunt, 35-year-old singer Britney Spears, called the news "a miracle." "So grateful that Maddie was able to go home today ... it's truly a miracle," Spears tweeted on Friday. "Our prayers were heard, and they were answered! Thank you so much for all of your love and support this week. My family appreciates it more than you will ever know."
Maddie's accident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday, and was witnessed by both 25-year-old Jamie Lynn and her husband, Jamie, who were approximately 100 yards away from Maddie at the time. According to a police report on the incident obtained by ET, Maddie was steering her ATV to avoid running over a drainage ditch near a pond on the family property in Louisiana when she "overcorrected," and caused the vehicle to enter the pond.
"The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes," a statement by Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards read. "The child was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV's safety netting. Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters."