Brain haemorrhage girl, 7, wakes from coma as mother sings her Adele’s song Rolling in the Deep
'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'
13:02 GMT, 18 June 2012
A seven year old girl left 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 – and doctors told 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.
Charlotte Neve spent a week in a coma at Leeds hospital. Her mother was told to say her goodbyes
Charlotte, (pictured left before she suddenly fell ill on April 13), has amazed doctors by learning to walk and talk again
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.
Leila said: 'It’s a complete miracle. Doctors told me to say goodbye and I thought I was going to lose my little girl.
'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.'
Charlotte with her mother Leila who sang to her to bring her out her coma
On the road to recovery: Charlotte began to relearn skills with daily physiotherapy
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.
Leila said: '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.'
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.
Aunty Marieta visiting Charlotte in hospital after she woke up following a brain haemmorhage
Charlotte was transferred to Leeds Hospital and kept in intensive care.
two days after the brain haemorrhage, Charlotte suffered a series of
strokes that were so bad the consultant told Leila – who is separated
from Charlotte’s dad – to call the family and tell them to come and say
It was then that Leila woke her by singing the Adele song.
Leila said: 'How she’s still here is beyond everybody. I was told that she was very lucky to survive.
'A day or two after the Adele incident, doctors took took the drain out of Charlotte’s head 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.
'She was given physiotherapy, occupational therapy speech therapy and then some schooling the day after the drain was taken out; she had come on that much.
'It was like she was rebooting. She was allowed to come home for a weekend to see how she was and the first thing she said was ‘home sweet home’. When she was let out she came out wheeling the wheelchair that she was fitted for but didn’t need.'
Charlotte has been left with partial blindness and memory loss – but has now been allowed to return home full-time to her mum and sister Megan, 11.
Leila added: 'Charlotte has been brilliant. She is 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.
Charlotte Neve had to have her hair cut in hospital, so her sister Megan dhad hers cut too in support
'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.
'She’s gone back to dance class now where she does street, ballet and tap which she loves, although it really tires her out now.
'Her older sister Megan has really helped Charlotte because when she was in hospital Charlotte had to cut her hair off because of all the wires – so Megan cut off hers too in support.
'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.'
Leila has now set up a fundraiser group called ‘Lottie Lou’s get well wish’ to save for the things she need in the future such as a bath chair, because her balance has been affected. A percentage of it will also go to to The Sick Children’s trust.
Retired paediatrician, Dr Helen Turner from Colne, said: “Brain haemorrhages in someone as young as this are extremely rare.
'Usually they occur in people in their 30s or older. They are normally caused by weak blood vessels that swells and cause an aneurysm which ruptures.
'It will probably take a long time until doctors will know if the damage is permanent.'