Bruno Mars’ music has been credited for saving the life of an 11-year-old girl who was not expected to live after a traumatic brain injury. This weekend during Mars’ Cleveland concert, the soulful crooner took time before and during his concert to meet Zumyah Thorpe, the little girl whose doctors say lived thanks to Mars’ music. Before the show, he gave Thorpe a private concert and gifts. He even gave her a shout out and a hug during his show.
Zumyah’s brain injury occurred after a drunk driver hit her mother’s car last year. Her mother, pregnant with her fourth child, and Zumyah’s two younger sisters all lost their lives in the accident. Zumyah’s injuries were so severe she was not expected to live long. She spent months in the hospital in a coma. Nurses played Mars’ music – because it was the girl’s favorite – each night in her room. When she miraculous woke from her coma, the first words she spoke came from Mars’ song, “The Way You Are.”
“No one can really understand what we’ve gone through when you see a child that’s in a coma and unable to walk, talk. When she actually wakes up and is able to speak the first thing she does is sing the one Bruno song which is “I’m Amazing,” (Just the way you are),” says Zumyah’s grandmother, Ronda. The little girl spent many months at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital listening to his songs while in her coma.
When Mars’ heard Zumyah’s story, it touched him deeply, inspiring him to invite the girl to his concert and arranging to meet her personally and privately. “A kiss…he gave me a kiss…right here,” Zumyah told reporters after meeting the singing sensation. After their meeting, Zumyah and her grandmother went into the audience to watch Mars perform and he jumped down off the stage, found her in her seat and gave her a hug in front of everyone. Concert-goers say that there wasn’t a dry eye in the building.
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