Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
For any Ohio child, a car accident can be a traumatic experience. A car crash can cause not only physical injuries to the victim, but also emotional distress and trauma, particularly if the incident claims the life of another family member. However, an 11-year-old has overcome such fears with help from Bruno Mars’s music during her recovery from the crash.
The Ohio girl’s life was forever changed from a car accident that occurred in March, 2013. In the crash, a vehicle that was occupied by the girl, her mother and other siblings was hit by a drunk driver. The crash killed the girl’s pregnant mother and her two siblings. The tween survived the accident, but sustained a traumatic brain injury and extensive brain swelling. These types of injuries often leave victims in a vegetative state, unable to move, talk or eat on his or her own.
Recently, however, the girl’s doctor stated that the victim’s condition has improved simply from listening to the songs of Bruno Mars. The health care professional said that since nurses in the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital have been playing Mars’ songs for the girl, she has begun to walk and improve her language skills. The neurologist believes that music therapy helps brain injury patients during rehabilitation. Bruno Mars heard the girl’s story through social media, recently visited her in an Ohio hospital and invited her to watch his concert.
The Ohio girl’s survival and recovery from a traumatic brain injury caused by a car accident is truly remarkable and may serve as a reminder for drivers of the dangers of driving under the influence. Choosing not to drink and drive may not only save the driver from criminal consequences, but also save people’s lives from devastating injuries and fatalities.