PAT BATEMAN – When baby Ava was born at after only 27 weeks, doctors told her parents she probably wouldn’t make it past the night. However, God had different plans — but the method He decided to use to bring healing to Ava and her family will surprise you. Quite frankly, it is simply amazing!

Most 4-year-olds have no clue who Willie Nelson is but little Ava does.  Keep in mind, nothing about Ava is ordinary. Tough as nails, this tiny preemie had a dozen surgeries before her 16 month birthday. Ever since she was born it’s seen one miracle after another.

Until the doctors said something, Willie Nelson had no clue that his music changed the course of this little girl’s time on Earth.


Her parents were mostly helpless throughout the 213 days Ava spent in the NICU.  However, there was something they could always do. Jamison, Ava’s Dad, explained:

“Any time she was having a bad day, you could play Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash or Ray Price and her stats would come up, she would start doing better just almost immediately.”

8506290_GThis is the moment when  her love for Willie Nelson started.  Not only does Ava take a backpack equipped with a feeding tube everywhere she goes … but she is never without her Willie Nelson doll.

Hoping to share the impact Willie had on Ava with Willie, Brittany, Ava’s Mommy, sent him this message:

“You have no clue how many times you’ve actually saved our daughter’s life. There were times where her heart rate was incredibly low. She was…cardiac, she was not doing well. She spent so long in there and it was such a long road, but actually just playing that music for her really, really did change and save her life.”

We are all praying for you Ava!

Thank Mr. Nelson for inspiring this little girl! This is proof that your music is literally changing lives. It is a blessing to see how much God uses your talents to heal others. Thank you!