One year ago, Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter was injured in a horrifying ATV accident. Flipped upside down and trapped in the water, she was unable to breathe for a couple of minutes.
That accident landed her in the hospital. Many feared that she would either die or had received so much brain damage that the Maddie that her family knew would no longer exist. Instead, Maddie made a full recovery.
On the one year anniversary of that tragic accident that could have been so much worse, Jamie Lynn Spears is looking back and counting her blessings.
Posting this black-and-white throwback photo, Jamie Lynn Spears writes:
"1 year Miracle Anniversary.... THANK YALL for your prayers during that time, and THANK YOU GOD for my beautiful family."
She follows that with some very prayerful emojis.
Even with Maddie's full recovery, the terrible ATV accident and the hospital stay that followed have to have been the darkest, most frightening moments in the lives of her family.
Odds are that everyone is still processing what happened and feeling grateful for every day that passes.
Just a couple of months ago, Jamie Lynn Spears was reflecting on the accident. That's no surprise.
It will weigh on her mind for years to come. Likely, for decades.
On February 5th of 2017, Maddie was riding a Polaris off-road vehicle during some sort of hunting trip.
(Jamie Watson is big on hunting for various fowl such a ducks, and is often accompanied by Maddie and the dogs)
Maddie was apparently driving an ATV, which is the sort of thing that would raise some eyebrows because many feel that she's really young to be doing that, even on private property.
It was, perhaps, because of Maddie's youth -- or perhaps it was a situation that could have happened to anyone -- that the vehicle flipped over in the water.
That alone is already dangerous. To make matters worse, people were initially unable to free Maddie from the vehicle.\
As a result, she was underwater for minutes.
Maddie was airlifted from Kentwood, Louisiana to a hospital where her condition was reported as being "extremely serious."
Fans of the Spears family watched the news with horror and those of the praying sort got to praying for Maddie to beat the odds.
And Maddie did.
She's totally okay. She went to school for Valentine's Day.
Normally, human brain can only survive for a few minutes until oxygen deprivation begins to take its toll.
Some believe that Maddie's recovery was a miracle. Her mother certainly refers to it as such.
Others point out that being submerged in water -- particularly cold water, as it surely would be in February -- is something that a child stands a better chance of surviving than an adult.
(We could get into the science of why cold water is "safer" even though it can also be deadly, but there have been children fished out of icy water who make amazing recoveries)
Maddie's recovery is joyous news for the entire Spears family.
But not the only good news on the horizon. Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant with her second child, which means that Maddie is going to be a big sister!
If you'll recall, Jamie Lynn's first pregnancy was controversial. She was 16 years old at the time, and the star of Zoey 101 on Nickelodeon, a TV series by Dan Schneider who also created shows like iCarly and Victorious.
We hope that Maddie and her growing family remain safe and healthy.