Jamie Lynn Spears’ Daughter Maddie ‘Awake and Talking’ After ATV Accident
UPDATE (2/7): A sigh of relief, courtesy of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Department.
In a statement provided by a Spears family rep, the police tell PEOPLE that Maddie regained consciousness by mid-day today (Feb. 7), is aware of her surroundings and "is awake and talking."
“With her father, mother and stepfather by her side, Maddie regained consciousness mid-day Tuesday, February 7. 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. Doctors were able to remove the ventilator today and she is awake and talking. Maddie continues to receive oxygen and is being monitored closely but it appears that she has not suffered any neurological consequences from the accident.”
TMZ reports that Maddie is in "critical but stable condition."
The website supplied further details about the incident today as well, confirming that Jamie Lynn was in fact on the scene when the accident occurred, contrary to their initial report.
Maddie was reportedly submerged under water for 2 minutes as Jamie Lynn and stepdad Jamie Watson tried to free her from the ATV.
"The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's dept says Maddie was driving the Polaris ATV shortly before 3 PM on Sunday when she swerved to avoid a drainage ditch. The Sheriff says that's when the vehicle flipped into the pond and immediately went under. Jamie Lynn and Jamie Watson were about 100 yards away when Maddie and the ATV submerged. We're told they ran over to her within seconds, but struggled to free her from the ATV...due to the safety belt and netting. The Sheriff says Maddie was finally freed by paramedics when the ambulance arrived within just a couple minutes."
UPDATE (2/5): Jamie Lynn's rep has issued a statement to JustJared: “The details the media are reporting surrounding the incident regarding Jamie Lynn‘s daughter Maddie are incorrect. Right now the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family."
ORIGINAL POST: Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter, Maddie, was badly hurt in an ATV accident on Sunday (Feb. 5).
Her condition is "extremely serious," according to TMZ.
Kentwood sources tell TMZ that the 8-year-old was involved in a "hunting expedition" at the time, riding on a Polaris off road vehicle when it flipped over.
"We're told she was under water for several minutes and unconscious," the site reports, adding that Maddie was airlifted to a nearly hospital. TMZ obtained social media screenshots from what appear to be local citizens in the area sending thoughts and prayers Maddie's way.
Jamie Lynn was reportedly not with her daughter when the accident occurred.
Jamie Lynn hasn't been active on social media in the past 48 hours. Days ago, she posted a video on Instagram of Maddie participating in a reading at church.
The story is still developing...
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