Jamie Lynn Spears’ Daughter ‘Awake and Talking’ After ATV Accident
Jamie Lynn Spears and her family got the best news they could have hoped for on Tuesday (Feb. 7). The singer's daughter, Maddie, has regained consciousness after suffering serious injuries in an ATV accident on Sunday (Feb. 5).
In a statement provided by a Spears family rep, the local sheriff's office near Kentwood, La., where the accident took place, tells People that the 8-year-old appears not to have suffered any neurological damage from the incident.
“With her father, mother and stepfather by her side, Maddie regained consciousness mid-day Tuesday, February 7,” the statement reads. “The 8-year-old daughter of entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears was involved in an ATV accident at a family home Sunday in Kentwood, La. Paramedics resuscitated her and she was airlifted to a local hospital. She is aware of her surroundings and recognizes those family members who have kept a round-the-clock vigil since the accident.”
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“Doctors were able to remove the ventilator today and she is awake and talking," the statement adds. "Maddie continues to receive oxygen and is being monitored closely but it appears that she has not suffered any neurological consequences from the accident.”
The news comes a day after Spears' sister, pop superstar Britney Spears, posted online asking for "wishes and prayers for my niece."
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Maddie was riding an ATV solo on the family's land when the accident took place, while Jamile Lynn, her husband Jamie Watson and others observed nearby. She overcorrected while trying to avoid running over a drainage ditch and ran the vehicle into a pond.
Spears and Watson reportedly attempted to rescue Maddie, who was trapped by the vehicle’s seatbelt and safety netting. An ambulance arrived on the scene within two minutes and freed her.
Spears shares custody of Maddie with the girl’s father, Casey Aldridge. The singer got pregnant with Maddie in 2007, at the age of 16, and she and Aldridge got engaged in the spring of 2008. Maddie was born in June of that year. The couple called off their engagement in the spring of 2009, and ended their relationship in 2010. Spears and Watson married in 2014.
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