Brain-injury survivor gets serenade from Bruno Mars (Video)

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For 11-year-old brain-injury survivor Zumyah Thorpe, months of personal tragedy and physical hardship got a shot of happiness Saturday with an “amazing” serenade from pop superstar Bruno Mars, who called the little girl “an inspiration to the world.”

Thorpe’s mother and two younger sisters were killed last March when a drunk driver in a pickup truck slammed into the family’s Volkswagen Jetta. Thorpe suffered a traumatic head injury with brain swelling so severe that surgeons had to remove a portion of the girl’s skull.  The accident left Thorpe with significant impairments to her motor and language skills.

But her medical team discovered she still was able to sing the tunes of Bruno Mars, her favorite recording artist.  She
was “prescribed” a daily dose and now doctors credit the tunes with the girl’s continued recuperation.

When Mars heard of Thorpe’s incredible survival story…he arranged a private meeting with the girl and her family, performing four songs and gifting Thorpe a teddy bear. Thorpe also attended Mars’ Cleveland concert Saturday night, where Mars serenaded her with “Just the Way You Are.”

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