BOSTON —The mother of a little girl who was born much too soon and nursed back to health in an incubator filled with Bruce Springsteen's music says her family flew to Boston to meet the music superstar at a book signing.
Kelley French, who wrote a book about her experience with her daughter, Juniper, posted a letter to Springsteen on her website. In it, she explains that her daughter was born after 23 weeks' gestation weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces.
"My husband Tom, who has followed you on tour for 40 years, put a tiny iPod inside the incubator to drown out the beeps and alarms. The first sounds our daughter heard were our voices mixed with yours," French wrote.
Her daughter, now 5, was in the hospital for 196 days.
"She nearly died a million times, and when her heart rate bottomed out, Waitin’ on a Sunny Day always brought her back," French wrote.
She said her family briefly met Springsteen during the book signing on Monday, and they left him a copy of the family's book about their experiences.
French wrote, "(Juniper) wasn’t disappointed that the moment was so brief. 'He already knows me,' she said. 'He sang to me all those songs.'"