Here’s How Britney Spears Helped a Stroke-Suffering 13-year-old Recover

by | PopCrush

Posted by Maegan Johnson on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The sound of “Toxic” might save your Friday night, but Britney Spears‘ 2003 hit helped save one teenager’s life while she was recovering from devastating brain trauma.

Maegan Johnson, a 13-year-old from Alabama, chronicled a harrowing hospital stay that began when she was just 7 in a recent Facebook post. Johnson says she experienced an aneurysm six years ago that led to a stroke, a 10-hour brain surgery and a prognosis that did not look good. Following the operation, she couldn’t speak for six weeks, and found that her movement had been affected.

“I had to communicate on a dry-erase board and became very depressed,” she lamented. “I didn’t want to smile or communicate. Special visitors came to the hospital like cheerleaders, clowns and dogs for therapy to cheer us up, but nothing worked.”

Then, she noted, someone happened played “Toxic” on one of her CDs, and everything changed.

“I smiled, tried moving my hips and lifting my arm, waving it back and forth in the air…trying to dance,” she added. “That song was incorporated in all therapy sessions.”

Ever since, Johnson says she’s been contacting radio stations, turning to social media and sending emails like crazy as a means of getting Brit Brit’s attention—if, for nothing else, just to thank the pop star for her role in the recovery process.

Think you can help get Johnson’s word out? Read Maegan’s full message, share if you can — and, like she says, #justkeepdancing!

[via Britney Galaxy]

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