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Emma Walker Room

The Emma Walker Room

Emma Walker from Central High School wanted to be a NICU nurse all her life. Now, after her untimely death, a room at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has been named in her honor.

“This was the only room we had that had not been made in honor or memory dedication of anyone … so we just knew this was meant to be, for this to be Emma’s room because she aspired to be a NICU nurse,” NICU Nursing Manager Tracie Savage said.

Walker was shot and killed by a classmate in November of 2016. On March 20, 2017, on what would have been her 17th birthday, her name was immortalized in the area she once wished to serve. From now on, a part of Emma will always be with the babies that so depend on the care of their healthcare workers.

Walker's mother, Jill, speaks about her daughter's legacy:

NICU room at East Tennessee Children's Hospital

Children's Hospital dedicates NICU room in Emma Walker's honor - Knoxville News-Sentinel, March 20, 2017

Money to create the Emma Walker room was raised by donations through the East Tennessee Children's Hospital's fundraising services.