When medical science fails, let country music take over. Thanks to Alabama--the country quartet, not the state--a little girl in Virginia has been roused from a coma.

For 12 days following a November 30 car crash, 9-year-old Heather Harcum lay unconscious. Then, at a doctor's urging, her mother played her favorite song--Alabama's "Angel's Among Us"--and the girl awoke.

"When it came on, she started crying, which we always did when we heard that song," her mother, Penny, told an interviewer. "That clued me in that she knew what was going on." Penny Harcum was going to give Heather the tape as a Christmas present, and actually had to retrieve the cassette from Heather's stocking.

On November 30, while driving home from Christmas shopping, Penny Harcum crashed into two cars. The 30-year-old mother and her 6-year-old daughter, Holly, escaped unscathed. But Heather sustained massive head injuries that put her in a coma--until Alabama came to the rescue.

"When Mommy played the song, I woke up and started crying," Heather said. "I think it's a pretty song." The 1993 tune tells how angels come down to Earth "in our darkest hours to show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with a light of love."

Apparently, when the music gig runs its course, Alabama has a future in the healing business. Band member Teddy Gentry, who hadn't heard of Heather's case, said, "We receive many letters and phone calls from people who the song has helped."

And Heather is scheduled for another Alabama therapy treatment. On February 2, the Harcum family is going to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to see their first Alabama concert. The Harcum clan will be sitting front row center, thanks to two members of Alabama's fan club who donated tickets.

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