Parents thank Willie Nelson for ‘saving’ their daughter’s life; his music made the difference

willie-avaAnd a country music fan was born.

A North Texas couple credits country music legend Willie Nelson for saving their 4-year-old daughter’s life.

Ava Adams suffered through 12 surgeries during her first 15 months, after having been born prematurely at 27 weeks.

Her parents, Brittany and Jamison Adams, noticed one thing that seemed to help Ava cope through the difficult months whenever they visited her in the neonatal intensive care unit.

“Any time she was having a bad day, 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,” Jamison told KDFA News Channel 10 in Amarillo, Texas.

Since those early months, she’s become a bit more selective musically — narrowing her preference to Nelson.

She carries a Willie Nelson doll everywhere she goes, along with a backpack containing a feeding tube. Ava’s parents purchased tickets to a Nelson concert in New Mexico last Christmas — but it was cancelled due to snow.  Ava hasn’t forgotten.

She wanders around the house yelling, “We need to go see Willie Nelson!”

“You have no clue how many times you’ve actually saved our daughter’s life,” Brittany says. “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.”

Watch the report, via KDFA News Channel 10.

KFDA – NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

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