updated 06/30/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/30/2014 AT 6:15 PM ET
Bruno Mars had a very special young lady in the audience at his Cleveland concert on Saturday.
In 2013, Zumyah Thorpe lost her pregnant mother and two younger sisters in a car accident after they were hit by a drunk driver. Though she survived, the 11-year-old suffered severe physical injuries as well as brain damage.
Throughout her recovery at the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, nurses played Mars’s hit songs every night, WKYC reports – and now Thorpe is living proof that music truly does have healing power.
“I am absolutely convinced that singing those Bruno Mars songs and being able to say ‘Bruno Mars’ is in itself a miracle knowing all the words to the songs has helped her recover,” her doctor, Nancy Bass, a pediatric neurologist, told the station. “I asked her who her favorite singer was and she said ‘Bruno Mars’ as quick as anyone would say any singer, and she just started singing every single word.”
During the concert, Mars, 28, serenaded Thorpe – who grinned from ear to ear – with her favorite song, “Just the Way You Are.” He also dedicated the concert to the brave little girl and gifted her his guitar and signature fedora.
“Zumyah tonight you gave my band and I something we’ve never felt before. you’re an inspiration to the world! #WeLoveYouZumyah,” Mars captioned a sweet Instagram photo of him kissing Thorpe on the cheek after the show.