Jamie Lynn Spears’ Daughter Maddie ‘Awake and Talking’ After ATV Accident
People reports that, according to a statement from a Spears family representative, 8-year-old Maddie regained consciousness on Tuesday (Feb. 7) afternoon. "She is aware of her surroundings and recognizes those family members who have kept a round-the-clock vigil since the accident," the statement notes.
Following her accident, paramedics resuscitated Maddie, and on Tuesday, the statement says, she was removed from a ventilator and is "awake and talking."
"Maddie continues to receive oxygen and is being monitored closely," the statement continues, "but it appears that she has not suffered any neurological consequences from the accident.”
While riding an ATV on her family's property on Sunday, Maddie was trying to avoid running over a drainage ditch and overcorrected her course, running the vehicle into a pond; Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the emergency call around 3PM. Spears and her husband, Jamie Watson, along with other family members, were about 100 yards away when Maddie crashed. Spears and Watson, Maddie’s stepfather, tried to rescue the young girl, but, officials say, she was trapped by the ATV’s seatbelt and safety netting.
Spears shares custody of Maddie with the girl’s father, Casey Aldridge. Spears became pregnant with Maddie in 2007, at the age of 16; the singer and Aldridge, then girlfriend and boyfriend, got engaged in the spring of 2008, and Maddie was born in June of that year. However, the couple called off their engagement in the spring of 2009, and their relationship officially ended in early 2010. Spears married Watson in 2014.
Spears released her most recent single, “Sleepover,” in June of 2016. She has yet to comment on Maddie's accident herself, but on Monday afternoon (Feb. 6), her sister, pop star Britney Spears used Facebook to ask her fans for prayers for her niece.
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