Willie Nelson has accomplished a lot during his long career, which now includes being credited with saving the life of a sick young girl.
Parents of 4-year-old Ava Adams say, due to her premature birth, the young girl underwent 12 surgeries during the first 15 months of her life. According to NewsChannel 10, Brittany and Jamison Adams weren’t able to spend much time with their daughter during these stressful months, but did notice something that helped calm her down.
“Any time she was having a bad day,”Jamison, Ava’s dad, explained,”you could play Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash or Ray Price and her stats would come up, she would start doing better just almost immediately.”
As Ava got older, she became more and more connected to Nelson’s music. She even has her own Willie doll she carries with her, along with a backpack holding a feeding tube, everywhere she goes. Last Christmas, her parents got tickets to see Nelson live in New Mexico, but the concert was cancelled due to heavy snow. Now, Ava constantly runs around the house telling her parents, “We need to go see Willie Nelson!”
By getting the story out, Brittany and Jamison hope Willie will hear about his young superfan and help make her dreams come true.
“You have no clue how many times you’ve actually saved our daughter’s life,” Brittany explained in an open message to Nelson during their interview. “There were times where her heart rate was incredibly low. She was … cardiac, she was not doing well. She spent so long in there and it was such a long road, but actually just playing that music for her really, really did change and save her life.”
Time will tell if the music legend reaches out to the Adams family. In the meantime, we’re sure Ava will continue clutching her Willie doll and jamming out to the colorful musician.