Parents say Willie Nelson was instrumental in saving their daughter's life

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Parents Say Willie Nelson Was Instrumental In Saving Their Daughter's Life

Willie Nelson has long enjoyed the distinction of a music legend, but recently two grateful parents added lifesaver to his list of accomplishments.

After being born prematurely, Ava Adams, who is now 4, underwent a dozen surgeries in the first 15 months of her life.

Though the girl was certainly struggling, the one thing that soothed her stress and made her stats improve was country music.

Her parents, Brittany and Jamison, noticed that the girl was particularly responsive while listening to the tunes of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Ray Price.

As Ava grew older and stronger, her preference for Nelson grew.

Now the two things she always carries with her are a Willie Nelson doll and a backpack with her feeding tube in it.

Brittany sent her thanks to Nelson via an interview with KFDA of Amarillo, Texas.

She said, "You have no clue how many times you've actually saved our daughter's life...it was such a long road, but actually just playing that music for her really, really did change and save her life."

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Parents say Willie Nelson was instrumental in saving their daughter's life
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Musician Willie Nelson is presented with his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul by Grand Master Sam Um (R) at his studio Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Musician Willie Nelson is presented with his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul by Grand Master Sam Um (R) at his studio Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
Willie Nelson, the country music icon who turns 81 this week, smiles as he receives his fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera)
Willie Nelson, the country music icon who turns 81 this week, bows as he receives his fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera)
Willie Nelson, the country music icon who turns 81 this week, bows as he receives his fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Musician Willie Nelson is presented with his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul by Grand Master Sam Um (R) at his studio Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Musician Willie Nelson is presented with his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul by Grand Master Sam Um at his studio Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Musician Willie Nelson is presented with his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul by Grand Master Sam Um (R) at his studio Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Musician Willie Nelson is presented with his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul by Grand Master Sam Um (R) at his studio Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Musician Willie Nelson is presented with his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul by Grand Master Sam Um at his studio Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Musician Willie Nelson is presented with his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul by Grand Master Sam Um (R) at his studio Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (L) listens to Master Sam Um speak during Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson watches a martial arts demonstration during his 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (L) and Master Sam Um during Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson receives his 5th Degree black belt award at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson ( L) poses with a fellow student during Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (L) listens to Master Sam Um speak during Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (L) listens to Master Sam Um speak during Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson poses during his 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson poses during his 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (L) listens to Master Sam Um speak during Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson poses during his 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson poses during his 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (L) and Master Sam Um during Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson receives his 5th Degree black belt award at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (L) and Master Sam Um during Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (seated L) and Master Sam Um (seated R) pose with other students during Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award ceremony at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (L) and Master Sam Um display Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 28: Willie Nelson (L) and Master Sam Um display Nelson's 5th Degree black belt award at Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
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