How many lives have you saved lately, “Call Me Maybe”? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Our Girl Carly Rae may have the song of the year in 2012, but the biggest hit of 2011 is already moving onto things well beyond popular music. “Rolling in the Deep” can now add to its Grammy and Billboard-strewn resume that it actually brought a girl back from beyond the grave—well, maybe not quite beyond, but almost halfway there. Seven-year-old Charlotte Neve was in a coma for months after suffering a brain hemmorhage, one that her doctors expected her to not wake up from—to the point where her grieving parents were preparing to say their goodbyes.
Enter Adele. Charlotte’s mother Leila was playing the radio in Charlotte’s room, and the song—one of the seven-year-old’s favorites—came on, inspiring her to smile for the first time since slipping into the coma. “It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the hemorrhage,” explained Leila to UK paper The Telegraph. “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.” A couple days later, the girl was standing up in bed, and now she’s recovering, learning to walk again and even attending classes in school.
A year-and-a-half ago, this might have been surprising news, but since then, we’ve learned never to underestimate the power of “Rolling in the Deep”—even when it comes to matters of life and death. We’re sure you’ll get there someday, “Call Me Maybe.” (Maybe.)
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