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8 February 2017, 16:06
The 8 year old was apparently trapped under water for several minutes but is said to be doing well after the accident.
Britney Spears’ niece, Maddie, is in serious condition in hospital after being involved in a quad bike accident on Sunday, but representatives for the family have revealed that she is doing well and is now awake and talking.
Jamie Lynn Spears’ 8-year-old girl was involved in the accident over the weekend and TMZ reports that the Polaris ATV off-road vehicle she was riding on flipped over and she ended up unconscious and underwater for several minutes.
New updates from the family's rep reveal that Maddie is doing well and is now awake and talking, telling People "With her father, mother and stepfather by her side, Maddie regained consciousness mid-day Tuesday, Feb. 7. The 8-year-old daughter of entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears was involved in an ATV accident at a family home Sunday in Kentwood, Louisiana.
"Paramedics resuscitated her and she was airlifted to a local hospital. She is aware of her surroundings and recognises 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.”
It appears that the accident happened while Maddie was driving the vehicle under the supervision of her mother and stepfather and took a hard right turn to avoid a drain cover and ended up causing the vehicle to enter the pond on their property.
A police report stated, "The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes. Within seconds the child’s mother, stepfather and other family members reached the pond, dove in and attempted to rescue the child to no avail. The child was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV’s safety netting. Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters."
She was airlifted to a nearby hospital, and ET spoke to Britney and Jamie Lynn’s dad, Jamie Spears, who said, “All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie.” Britney also tweeted:
Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece pic.twitter.com/lTlVQmNEh5— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) February 6, 2017
An insider also told the site, “Right now the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family."
Get well soon, Maddie!