Bruno Mars serenaded an 11-year-old brain-injury survivor at his Cleveland concert last Saturday. This very special young lady in the audience named Zumyah Thorpe had lost her pregnant mother and two younger sisters in a car accident after they were hit by a drunk driver last year. Luckily she survived, but suffered severe physical injuries as well as brain damage.
Thorpe is living proof that music truly does have healing power. Throughout her recovery, nurses played Bruno Mars’ hit songs every night. According to doctors, nearly 70 percent of patients who are in this same condition do not survive and those who do are often left without the ability to walk, talk or eat on their own. Music therapy helped Zumyah recover quicker than most and regain the ability to speak by singing Bruno Mars’ songs.
“I am absolutely convinced that singing those Bruno Mars songs and being able to say ‘Bruno Mars’ is in itself a miracle… knowing all the words to the songs has helped her recover,”says Nancy Bass, MD, a pediatric neurologist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
Bruno Mars learned of Zumyah’s story through social media and immediately wanted to meet her.
During the concert, the 28-year-old singer jumped off the stage and paid tribute to Zumyah in front of 20,000 fans in Cleveland, Ohio. He embraced Zumyah and sang her favorite song ‘Just The Way You Are.’ Afterwards, he gifted her the feedora he was wearing and the guitar he played during the show.
“Zumyah tonight you gave my band and I something we’ve never felt before. you’re an inspiration to the world! #WeLoveYouZumyah,” Bruno Mars tweeted to his 18 million followers.
Watch Bruno Mars performance as he serenades Zumyah in the video below.