Adele Song That Brought Girl in Coma to Life Shows Music Can Be Medicine

adeleGetting a Grammy is one thing. But how many singers can say their music saved someone's life?

Now Adele can. Seven-year-old Charlotte Neve woke from a coma after hearing her mother Leila sing "Rolling in the Deep."

Doctors had told the mother to say her goodbyes to the little girl who had suffered what they thought was a fatal brain hemorrhage. As she cuddled up next to her for one last time and started singing one of the daughter's favorite songs, something amazing happened -- Charlotte smiled.

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But more than inspiring, music can actually heal. The PBS special The Healing Power of Music credits music therapy for former congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords' recovery from a gunshot wound to the head. Doctors say it helped her regain the ability to speak. Studies have even shown that music can improve mood and alleviate depression.

"I couldn't believe it," Neve told The Telegraph. "It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the hemorrhage. The nurses were astounded and told me to keep singing, and she smiled again."

Her recovery is a beautiful reminder of the power of music. I remember being uplifted by listening to the church choir sing my grandfather's most beloved songs during his funeral. It also helped me feel still connected to him in some ethereal way.

When I really think about it, music powers much of my day. I get a little extra juice as I listen to my iPod on the subway ride to work in the morning and music most definitely gets me though a tough gym workout at the end of the day. It's amazing to think of the profound impact one song can have. What a simple yet magnificent gift.

What songs most move you? Has music made your life better in some way?


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