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Adele’s song wakes 7-year-old girl from coma

A seven year old girl, who had been fighting for life with a brain haemorrhage, has awoken from a week-long coma, after her mother sang Adele songs to her.

music Updated: Jun 19, 2012 16:50 IST
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A seven year old girl, who had been fighting for life with a brain haemorrhage, has awoken from a week-long coma, after her mother sang Adele songs to her.

Little Charlotte Neve had suffered the haemorrhage - extremely rare for someone of her age - in her sleep and it almost killed her and left her unable to see or speak.

Following two operations to stop the bleeding on her brain she was left in a coma fighting for life, with doctors telling her mother, Leila, to say her final goodbyes.

But, when Leila, 31, got in the hospital bed to give Charlotte her final cuddle, Adele’s Rolling in the Deep came on the radio - a song the pair used to sing together.

Leila started singing it to her daughter, and Charlotte began to smile, astounding doctors.

Within two days, Charlotte, from Trawden, Lancashire had started speaking, could focus on colours and managed to get up from her bed.

Two months on, she has astonished medics by learning to walk and talk has regained partial sight, and has now even gone back to school and dance classes.

“It’s a complete miracle. Doctors told me to say goodbye and I thought I was going to lose my little girl,” the Daily Mail quoted the mum as saying.

“I climbed into her hospital bed to give her a cuddle - she was wired up to machines and unresponsive - and Adele came on the radio."

“I started singing it to her because she loves her and we used to sing that song together."

“Charlotte started smiling and I couldn’t believe it. It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the haemorrhage. The nurses were astounded and told me to keep singing, and she smiled again."

“The nurses said it was like I ‘unlocked her’ and from that day she started getting better and better,” she said.

Charlotte suffered the haemorrhage on April 13th, following a normal night watching DVDs with her mother and her sister.

She was rushed to Leeds hospital and had to undergo two life saving operations, but doctors didn’t think she would survive.

“Charlotte was asleep in my bed. I could tell something was wrong because she wasn’t breathing properly. I turned her over and she was cold and floppy.

“She had her eyes half open but looked asleep. I pulled her covers off and tried to sit her on my knee and she had wet herself. I dialled 999 on my phone but I expected the ambulance to turn up and me have to explain to them that she had woken up.

“I thought that she was coming out of a seizure or something,” Leila said.

But when they got to the hospital doctors discovered she’d had a massive 12.1mm aneurism on the main artery on the back of her brain.

The doctors said that she had suffered a brain haemorrhage caused by a problem that she was born with, but for a seven-year-old to suffer such an aneurism was almost unheard of.

First Published: Jun 19, 2012 14:19 IST