Jessie J 'saved' my daughter's life: Mother says star's singing helped car crash victim, 6, come out of a coma
23:34 GMT, 19 August 2012
A mum yesterday thanked pop sensation Jesse J for ‘saving’ her daughter's life – by singing to the youngster as she came out of a coma.
Tyla Atkin, six, was left in the deep unconscious state with life-threatening head injuries suffered in a horrific car smash with a seven tonne lorry.
Top neurosurgeons at Great Ormond Street Hospital warned distraught mum Michelle Hart, 27, her daughter might never wake up.
Michelle Hart said her daughter Tyla, pictured, went from strength to strength after Jessie J sang to her as she lay in a coma
Even when the tough youngster began
showing signs of life medics took Michelle into a side room and warned
her Tyla might never walk, talk, or even smile again because of brain
the little girl has made a full recovery thanks to the inspiration of
hearing her favourite singer's voice serenading her as she woke from her
Jessie sat with stricken Tyla for 30 minutes gently singing her
favourite song Rainbow, after Michelle met her in the hospital corridors
and asked her to help.
just hours later Tyla began to stir, then over the next few days
started moving, chatting and even singing to her tearful mum's relief.
said she was in no doubt Tyla's ‘miracle’ recovery was down to the
inspiration of hearing Jessie's ‘angelic’ voice, which gave her the
strength to survive.
Medics said outside stimulation through touching and talking from loved ones can be crucial to stimulating coma patients.
mum-of-one, from Erith, Kent, said: ‘When I heard Jessie J was in the
building I knew I had to get her to come and see my little girl.
Michelle Hart believes her six-year-old daughter Tyla Atkin pulled through from her coma because of the help of pop singer Jessie J
Jessie J, right, sang at the bedside of fan Tyla Atkin, left, just hours before she woke up from a coma
‘The last thing Tyla was thinking and talking about before the car accident was Jessie J, so I thought if she heard a Jessie J song it would make her come round.
‘I ran round the whole hospital asking people to help me find Jessie or get a message to her. I was desperate to find her.
‘I truly believe Jessie pulled my daughter through her horrific injuries. She gave her the strength to walk and talk again – we are so grateful to her.
‘Doctors were not sure if she would be able to walk or talk again but after Jessie J sang to her she gradually began to improve.
‘Earlier in the day I was told she might not even be able to smile properly again.
‘I was completely devastated. The idea of never seeing that beautiful, cheeky grin again was too much.
‘It was heartbreaking. I was frantic, she's my only child.
Michelle Hart said she will always be grateful to Jessie J for 'saving' her Tyla's life
‘You don't just wake up from a coma, it takes time, and you have to wait to see what the damage is.
‘The doctors tell say you have keep talking to people in comas to keep them connected and focussed.
‘After Jessie came in Tyla kept going from strength to strength. It was amazing.
‘I believe Jessie J saved Tyla. She gave my daughter back to me and I'm so grateful.’
Michelle and Tyler were travelling with the youngster's grandmother Theresa Hart, 54, when a vehicle in front caused muddy water to splash on their windscreen, on April 19.
Michelle's mum slammed on her brakes, but a lorry behind could not stop in time and smashed into the family, who had been heading out on a shopping trip.
When Michelle turned around she saw saw Tyla's eyes had rolled back into her head and desperately cried for help.
The youngster was rushed to hospital then later transferred into the care of specialists at Great Ormond Street, who told Michelle the injuries were critical.
Tyla was put in an induced coma to reduce her brain activity, in a bid to give her every chance of survival.
Even when it became clear she had won her fight for life, Michelle was warned the youngster could have suffered life-changing brain damage.
Medics said Tyla could be suffering from similar effects to a severe stroke, including difficulty walking, talking and even moving facial muscles.
During the coma Michelle was told to interact with the Tyla, so she spent agonising hours brushing the youngster's hair and talked to her about downloading Jessie J's new song.
Medics stopped inducing Tyla's coma after eight days and told Michelle they just had to wake for her to wake up.
As the desperate mum held vigil at Tyla's bedside, she received a text from a friend telling her that Jessie J was in the same hospital.
The little girl, pictured with her mum Miss Hart, woke up after eight days in a coma
Big fan: Jessie J is Tyla's favourite artist. She is pictured in hospital copying the singer's signiture wink
The little girl was put into an induced coma for eight days at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, pictured, following the accident
Michelle tracked down the pop star and after pleading with hospital staff and writing a letter to Jessie J's PR manager, stunned Michelle saw Jessie arrive at Tyla's bedside and start singing.
The mum claims she instantly saw the difference in her daughter.
Four months on and Tyla has made an incredible recovery and is now walking and talking normally and enjoying playing with pals in the park and beach.
The youngster still has some emotional problems, which are commonplace in people who suffer brain injuries.
Tyla said she loves Jessie J and revealed she reaches out to touch a poster of the star on her wall every day while she prays.
The grateful primary school pupil said: ‘I love Jessie J with all of my heart because she woke me up.
‘It was really nice for her to do that for me.
‘I've got a picture of her on my wall. I always put my hand on it and pray.’
Brain injury expert Luke Griggs, spokesperson at brain injury association Headway, said: ‘Coma arousal programmes are used to try to stimulate patients who are in reduced states of consciousness, such as a coma or a persistent vegetative state.
‘These carefully planned periods of stimulation – in the form of sound, touch, smell and taste – are combined with periods of complete rest in order not to overload the person's senses.’