Last year a drunk driver plowed into the car of 11-year-old Zumyah Thorpe. The accident killed her pregnant mother and two of her sisters. And although Zumyah survived, she was left with a severe head injury that required doctors to remove part of her skull. Nearly 70 percent of patients who are in this same condition do not survive. And those who do are often left without the ability to walk, talk or eat on their own.
But with a little help from her favorite musician, Zumyah is beating the odds. Every night, nurses at the hospital played Bruno Mars for Zumyah. Doctors say this music therapy is what helped Zumyah recover quicker than most, and even start walking again. Then the biggest surprise came when doctors tested Zumyah's language skills.
"I asked her who her favorite singer was and she said 'Bruno Mars' as quick as anyone would say any singer," says Zumyah's doctor who quickly pulled up "(You're Amazing) Just the Way You Are" on her iPhone. "And she just started singing every single word. It definitely brought a tear to my eye."
Among the thousands who came out for the Bruno Mars concert Saturday night at the Q in Cleveland, Ohio, was a little girl Bruno says will always have a special place in his heart. VPC
Zumyah's doctor says her ability to recite those Bruno Mars lyrics is the key to her amazing recovery. "I am absolutely convinced that singing those Bruno Mars songs and being able to say 'Bruno Mars' is in itself a miracle."
Now back at school, Zumyah can be seen singing and dancing through the halls, all while wearing a larger than life smile. Watch the video above to see Zumyah's reaction on live TV when she learns she will get to hear Bruno Mars in concert!
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