The 29-year-old actress shared the nerve-wracking details about her 11-year-old daughter Maddie‘s 2017 ATV accident during Thursday’s episode of Better Together with Maria Menounos.
Spears was teary-eyed as she recalled the events when Maddie was admitted to the hospital and a priest was in the middle of reading her child’s last rites when Maddie suddenly became responsive again.
“My oldest daughter was in a really bad accident.” Her daughter Maddie was riding on an ATV close by her family “with every safety measure that could be taken” when she “somehow or another, drove into the water.”
“We dove in and we were able to rescue her,” she said. “When we were finally able to get her out of the water … and the first responders took from me, we thought she was gone. We thought we lost our daughter.”
“That moment, I felt everything that you can feel, I think, as far as the worst,” the mom, who also shares 2-year-old daughter Ivey Joan with husband Jamie Watson, continued. “There’s nothing worse than looking at your child and just feeling that you’ve failed her. And I didn’t want her to think that I couldn’t save her.”
Spears said a firefighter was able to get a pulse despite Maddie’s condition looking so grim, that she had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.
“She wasn’t responding to anything and so it was not looking good for us,” she recalled, sharing with host Maria Menounos how she remembers asking for a priest to be let into the intensive care unit to pray for her daughter in what she described as a “worse case scenario.”
“He went to put the oil on her and read the rites and she sat up and started kicking, and her hands started grabbing at all the things,” Spears said. “That was our first sign that she was there.”
Spears shared how at that moment, “everything changed” for her as a parent.
“I’ve faced my worst fear now. What else can I mess up or do wrong that will be as horrible as that? Nothing. There’s nothing,” she shared. “God gave me the blessing of giving me my daughter back. I lost her and I got her back.”
“So I don’t get to make any excuses. I’ve been given the best, biggest blessing you can be given,” Spears added. “I’m not allowed to waste a day on this earth complaining or being ungrateful.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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