Good thing Adele got dumped by some dumb douchebag a few years ago. It wound up saving a life! Grab your Kleenex, girls–it’s about to get awfully misty in here.
The healing power of music just hit a particularly high note. While most of us remedy our broken hearts with Adele‘s album 21, the British chanteuse actually cured something a lot scarier for one little girl. Seven-year-old Charlotte Neve woke up from a coma after her mom sang “Rolling in the Deep” to her in her hospital bed.
Charlotte had suffered a brain hemorrhage (a burst blood vessel, basically) in her sleep that almost killed her–she was left unable to speak or see at all after it happened. Can you imagine that happening to anyone, let alone a second-grader?! Doc performed two operations on Charlotte, but the outlook wasn’t good at all. They even told her mom (or, as the Brits would say, mum), Leila, to prepare her goodbyes. (Seriously, are you sobbing yet?) Leila hugged little Charlotte in her hospital bed and got ready to bid her little girl farewell, but first she sang her “Rolling in the Deep,” a song they’d always loved to sing together.
Charlotte smiled as soon as she heard her mum singing, leaving her doctors dumbstruck. She was speaking and getting out of her hospital bed days later.
“It’s a complete miracle. Doctors told me to say goodbye and I thought I was going to lose my little girl,” Leila said. “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,” Leila said. (If you’re not welling up now, you may not have a soul.)
“Charlotte started smiling and I couldn’t believe it. It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the hemorrhage. The nurses were astounded and told me to keep singing, and she smiled again,” she added. Her mom must have some set of pipes! “The nurses said it was like I ‘unlocked her’ and from that day she started getting better and better.” Adele was the key!
Charlotte wasn’t even expected to survive, but she’s doing a whole lot better now. While she’s still partially blind and has some memory loss from her hemorrhage, she’s back in her dance classes and in school. To call it an amazing recovery would be a huge, huge understatement.
Charlotte’s big sister, Megan, said she isn’t too shocked that music was what unlocked her little sis. “Music is a big part of her life–she loves music,” Megan said. “She loves singing and dancing along to Adele, Katy Perry, and Pink,” she added. Good taste, Char! “So it shouldn’t surprise me that Adele was the song that woke her up. She’s a miracle marvel.”
Hats off to Adele for not only writing and performing amazing anthems for the rest of us to lift us out of bad breakup blues, but even more kudos to Charlotte for overcoming adversity most of us can’t even imagine.
How does music affect you? What songs are most therapeutic for you? Tell us in the comments!