The day it was reported that Demi Lovato had been hospitalized due to an overdose was a somber one for fans around the world. Now, Demi’s mother, Dianna De La Garza, is recalling her daughter’s life-threatening incident in July from a parental perspective. With Demi’s permission, Dianna opened up in an interview with Newsmax TV about how she found out that Demi had been hospitalized due to a very serious substance abuse relapse. While stating that didn’t allow herself “to think that things weren’t going to be OK,” Demi’s mother did admit that she wasn’t sure for a span of two days if Demi was going to make it.

“I got a phone call from Demi’s assistant at the time, Kelsey. I answered the phone and Kelsey was rambling like she had obviously been through something terrible, and she said, ‘I need to tell you what’s going on … you’re going to see a report come out.’ I stopped her and said, ‘Kelsey, just tell me what’s going on.’ The next words that came out of her mouth were words… that are so difficult to hear as a parent,” Demi’s mother recalled. “She said Demi overdosed. So I was in shock, I didn’t know what to say. It was something I never, ever expected to hear as a parent about any of my kids. I said, ‘Is she OK?’ And she stopped for a second and she said, ‘She’s conscious, but she’s not talking.’ I knew at that point that we were in trouble.”

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“We just didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not,” Dianna said. “I was very concerned, and I was trying to be strong for her and for her sisters and for my family back home. … I just feel like the reason she’s alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day,” the 56-year-old former singer and author continued, thanking the doctors who helped Demi at Cedars-Sinai: “I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to save her life.”

Despite the really rough patch the Lovato family went through this past summer, Dianna assures fans that her 26-year-old daughter, who is the idol of many fans across the world, will be OK.

“I can honestly say that today, she’s doing really well. She’s happy, healthy, she’s working on her sobriety, and she’s getting the help she needs and that in itself encourages me about her future and about the future of our family.”

And for that, we’re thankful.

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