beyondthespotlight By Megan Alexander
ONE TOUGH MOTHER: (Above) Crowned Mrs. Idaho 2009, the Boise-born beauty and
mother of three seemed to have the perfect life—but Jamie Hilton’s charmed life took a
devastating turn with a horriﬁc head injury. (Above Right) Jamie Hilton (L) shares her
miraculous story with Megan Alexander.
Miracles Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander
interviewed Jamie Hilton, the
incredible Mrs. Idaho who
survived a horriﬁc accident
amie Hilton is not your typical pageant girl. She had
never entered any pageants until a friend encouraged
her to enter the Mrs. Idaho pageant, and she decided to
give it a try. And when she signed up, she actually
jumped in just two weeks before the pageant date. But
as she competed, the judges quickly saw what her family and
friends already knew—this 36-year old mother of three was beau-
tiful both inside and out—and she was crowned Mrs. Idaho 2009.
Once crowned, she immediately joined in on the festivities that
come along with the acclaimed pageant, and enjoyed a fun-ﬁlled
year of community events, fundraisers and friendship with other
The Boise-born beauty seemed to have the perfect life—her
adoring husband Nick, three healthy and happy children, and a
successful family business. But fast forward to this past summer,
and Jamie’s life took a devastating turn.
Last June, while on a ﬁshing trip with her husband in Idaho,
Jamie slipped while casting her line and fell 12 feet, slamming her
head into a boulder. Her husband Nick feared for the worst. As he
rushed to her side, he found her not breathing, and no pulse. It
took three hours to get Jamie to the hospital. The doctors gave
Nick the very grim news, and Jamie’s chances of survival were
50/50. Then, they did something extraordinary. One quarter of
Jamie’s skull was removed to relieve pressure on her swelling brain.
And what did they do with that piece of her skull? Incredibly, that
piece was implanted in her abdomen. The reason? Doctors wanted
to keep it safe, sterile and nourished by her own body.
I asked Jamie what her reaction was when she woke up in the
hospital and heard the news. She said she was shocked to learn