Adele (left) and Charlotte Neve
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06/19/2012 at 03:00 PM EDT
It was April 2011, and Leila Neve was ready to hold her daughter Charlotte for the last time.
Charlotte, 7, had suffered a brain hemorrhage only days before, which left her in a coma. Doctors had just about given up on the little girl and told Neve to say her goodbyes. So Neve crawled into her daughter's hospital bed for one last cuddle.
That's when a miracle happened.
's "Rolling in the Deep" – one of Charlotte's favorite songs – came on the radio, Neve began to sing it to Charlotte … and Charlotte smiled.
"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."
Within a few days, Charlotte – who had suffered several strokes since her brain hemorrhage on April 12 – was able to get out of bed. After some physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, she was even ready to go home.
"It was like she was rebooting," said Neve, a 31-year-old Lancashire, U.K. resident. "She was allowed to come home for a weekend to see how she was and the first thing she said was 'home sweet home.' "
Although Charlotte has been left with some blindness and memory loss, she has since enrolled in dance class and is attending school again.
"Charlotte has been brilliant," said Neve. "She is so determined and brave. The doctors have stopped telling us what she should be able to do – because she has amazed them so much."