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Young girl with brain injury finds a healing path in music

Posted in Our Blog,Traumatic Brain Injuries on March 4, 2016

A 7-year-old girl who suffered a serious brain injury in a car accident that left her sister dead has found a new kind of treatment that is helping her condition. Following six different surgeries to help correct her condition, the young girl is now receiving music therapy at the Children’s Healthcare facility in Atlanta. Miraculously, the unconventional therapy appears to be working.

The little girl is in love with the song “Nae Nae.” According to her family, she particularly likes to dance to the pop song and she has done so on hundreds of occasions. The music therapist at Children’s Healthcare has chosen to focus on the “Nae Nae” song in addition to old church hymns as a way of reawakening her injured brain.

In addition to music therapy, the girl is receiving physical, occupational and speech therapy as a part of her neuro-rehabilitation. She began receiving this mix of therapies as soon as she started to come out of her coma. At the time, she couldn’t see, she could hardly move, she had broken facial bones, her hips and one of her legs were broken and her jaw had been wired shut.

At first the neuro-rehabilitation team was focused on trying to help the girl open her eyes. They thought that helping her move would only come later. However, something miraculous took place. The girl started responding to the music she heard almost instantaneously. The “Nae Nae” song got an immediate response by inspiring the girl to raise her hand. She couldn’t even speak or open her eyes but she was trying to dance.

This is when the girl’s sister and mom said they knew what she was doing because they had seen her dance to the music so many times before. According to the music therapist in charge of the girl’s treatment, music therapy can serve as a spark to jumpstart injured areas of a brain back into action – mainly because of the way it can stimulate all parts of the brain at once.

There are many types of therapies available that can help some brain injury victims achieve dramatic results. However, these therapies can be expensive; therefore, brain injury victims may want to pursue legal methods to get the money they need to pay for these treatments. For example, brain injury victims hurt by another person’s negligence may be able to seek financial restitution in court.