Maddie is ‘awake and talking’

Britney’s niece, Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter, Maddie, is ‘awake and talking’ after nearly drowning, according to a statement from the the Spears family representatives.

“With her father, mother and stepfather by her side, Maddie regained consciousness mid-day Tuesday, February 7. The 8-year-old daughter of 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.”

The police report said that on Sunday, Maddie was driving an ATV within view of Jamie Lynn and her husband Jamie Watson when she took a hard right to avoid running over a nearby drainage ditch, causing the vehicle to enter the pond on the property. Within seconds Jamie Lynn, Jamie and other family members reached the pond, dove in and attempted to rescue the child to no avail, as Maddie was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV’s safety netting. Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing her from the cold waters.