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Britney Spears reaches out to teen stroke survivor

Britney Spears has helped to make a young teen's dreams come true by sending a message of encouragement after learning her hit song Toxic helped the child recover from a stroke.

Maegan Johnson, from Arizona, recently took to Facebook.com to share her story after surviving a brain aneurysm and a stroke when she was seven.


She revealed she fell into a deep depression as she struggled to regain her speech and movement, but when she heard the pop superstar's 2003 chart smash, her spirits were suddenly lifted and she was inspired to start dancing as part of her therapy.


Johnson, now 13, went public with her remarkable story of recovery in the hopes of gaining Spears' attention, admitting her family has tried for six years to reach out to the singer, to no avail.


Appealing to comedienne and TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres for help in the online video, she said, "It has been our hope to get my story to Britney. My parents said as an entertainer and mother, she would appreciate knowing the impact and role she played on my recovery.


"We have been trying for six years through radio stations, emails and all social media, with no luck. Hopefully with your help, my wish will finally come true. I just want to thank her and let her know how much I appreciate her and tell her my story. Thank you!"


The power of social media helped to get Johnson's story to Spears, and she has since responded to the teen online, writing, "Thank you for sharing your incredible story, Maegan! I'm so inspired by you and I'm touched my music helped you get through such a difficult time.‪#‎JustKeepDancing‬, sweetie!! You are AMAZING!"