She might have a cheeky streak, like when she entertainingly ‘flipping the bird’ at viewers of the Brit Awards last February, but her heartfelt music remains effective not just for selling records, but – according to a report from out of her native UK – also the perfect soundtrack to resuscitate a loved one.
The Telegraph reports that Adele’s hit, “Rolling In The Deep” helped bring a 7-year-old girl out of a week-long coma, induced by a brain haemorrhage, after the singer’s track came on the radio.
Charlotte Neve had suffered a life-threatening haemorrhage in her sleep, a case that’s extremely rare for children so young, usually happening in people over 30 as a result of swelling blood vessels that cause a ruptured aneurysm. Nevertheless she underwent two operations at unit to stop the bleeding.
Two days later she suffered a series of strokes, which along with the intense medical procedures left Neve in a coma at Leeds Hospital’s intensive care unit. Doctors warned the girls’ mother, Leila Neve, that she might not recover from the coma. Consulting that Ms. Neve – recently separated from Charlotte’s father – should contact family to prepare for the worst.
“Doctors told me to say goodbye and I thought I was going to lose my little girl,” says the girl’s mother.
When she visited her daughter however, and got into bed to comfort her, Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” came onto the bedside radio. “I started singing it to her,” recalls Ms. Neve, “because she loves her (Adele) and we used to sing that song together.” The British singer’s tune obviously triggered something deep inside Charlotte’s memory, because it managed to rouse her from her severe coma.
In a musical miracle, Charlotte began to smile, “It’s a complete miracle… I couldn’t believe it,” says Ms. Neve, “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.”
Following the incident, Charlotte began speaking two days later and was able to get up in her bed, her mother claims “the nurses said it was like I ‘unlocked her’ and from that day she started getting better and better… How she’s still here is beyond everybody. I was told that she was very lucky to survive.”
Following the Adele incident, doctors took Charlotte off of some of her medical wiring and life support only to “see whether she could function without it and she literally went from smiling and being giddy to standing up in bed. It was a miracle,” reiterates Ms. Neve.
Though suffering from partial blindness and memory loss, Charlotte has since undergone physiotherapy, occupational therapy speech and schooling, and been allowed to return home full-time.
Ms Neve added: “Charlotte has been brilliant… so determined and brave. The doctors have stopped telling us what she should be able to do – because she has amazed them so much… From the scans, she shouldn’t even be able to walk again – never mind talk, ride her bike and run around like she has been doing.”