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After suffering an "extremely rare" brain hemorrhage, doctors told Charlotte Neve's mother Leila, 31, from Trawden, Lancashire, U.K., to "say her final goodbyes" to her seven-year-old daughter. However, when Leila began singing Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" at her child's bedside, Charlotte began to make a miraculous recovery.
But before this happy turn of events, Leila describes what happened to her daughter.
"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," Leila told The Telegraph of the horrific events that took place last April. "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 thought that she was coming out of a seizure or something."
What Leila didn't know at the time was that Charlotte's brain was experiencing "a massive 12.1mm aneurism on the main artery on the back of her brain" that could have left her unable to speak, see again or even killed her.
Charlotte underwent two operations to remedy the bleeding in her brain and then suffered a series of strokes that were so serious that consultants warned Leila that it might be the end for her daughter after she subsequently slipped into a coma.
That is, before the youngster started to show signs of emotion when her mother began to sing to her.
"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," Leila said. "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."
She also said, "Music is a big part of her life - she loves music. She loves singing and dancing along to Adele, Katy Perry and Pink. So it shouldn't surprise me that Adele was the song that woke her up. She's a miracle marvel."
The hospital's nursing staff say that it seems as though Leila had "unlocked" Charlotte from her week-long coma and from that point on, the little girl has continued to improve.
Two months after her haemorrhage, Charlotte has returned to school and dance class where she learns "street, ballet and tap." Although, not at quite the same pace.
"She has taken everything in her stride but does get very tired and frustrated when she is unable to do something," Leila said. "She went back to school about two weeks ago for one hour a day and still has her occupation therapy and speech therapy, which is helping."
Repercussions of her illness have left Charlotte with partial blindness in both eyes and short-term memory loss. In order to assist in the purchase of equipment that she will need to become more independent, the family has created a fundraising initiative called Lottie Loo's Get Well Wish, which you can read more about by heading here.
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