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WOKEN FROM A COMA BY JAMES BLUNT SONG; Plunge girl, 6, in miracle recovery.

Byline: By JAN DISLEY

LITTLE Claudia Dealwis is a Beautiful sight - after being woken from a 10-day coma by James Blunt's massive hit.

Claudia, six, fractured her skull and suffered a brain injury after a 15ft stair fall. Doctors feared that she might die or be severely brain-damaged.

But the youngster was amazingly roused by her favourite song You're Beautiful and is now making a miracle recovery at home.

Mum Gaynor said yesterday: "It's the best Christmas present we could ever hope for. We've got our daughter back.

"She knows she nearly died.

We're going to appreciate how special this Christmas is."

Claudia is even dancing and swimming and excitedly looking forward to the festive season.

It was a sight Gaynor, 41, and dad Paul, 40, feared they would never see after she plunged over the banisters on the landing at a friend's home in May.

She had severe head injuries and her parents kept a 24-hour vigil at her Manchester hospital bedside. Doctors warned them her chances were bleak. Bank clerk Gaynor, of Burnley, Lancs, said: "It was an absolute nightmare. We were told to prepare for the worst.

"They said she might not survive and if she did, they told us what she could have been like."

The miracle they longed for came when You're Beautiful was played on the radio and Claudia opened her eyes again. She left hospital a month later and is now getting back to her normal self.

Gaynor said: "She's going swimming and street dancing. She has one-to-ones with a special needs tutor, but it's just once a week.

"She's shattered by Friday but with brain injury, fatigue is quite a big thing."

Because her injury is permanent, doctors warn she may be affected in later life.

But Gaynor remains defiantly optimistic and said: "As we don't know what she was going to be like anyway, we look at it as though she's on a different path now."

j.disley@mirror.co.uk

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