Ed Sheeran Visits Super-Fan in English Hospital
Ed Sheeran serenaded a sick super-fan on Monday after paying her a surprise visit at a hospital in Surrey, England.
Melody Driscoll is battling Rett syndrome, a rare and severe brain disorder, at Epsom Hospital and her parents decided to try and cheer her up by launching an online campaign to land a special visit from her pop idol.
The effort caught the British singer’s eye and he made arrangements to stop by the medical center on Monday and make the young devotee’s dream come true.
During the visit, Sheeran gifted Driscoll with an autographed pink guitar and delighted her with hugs and kisses, before staging an impromptu bedside performance for the lucky fan.
According to the Daily Mail, the singer treated her to renditions of his hits “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph,” and a hospital staff member revealed his music has been a constant source of comfort throughout the girl’s hospitalization.
“One of the problems is constant pain and she’s on morphine,” the hospital worker told the star. “But we put you (his music) on and it helps.”
Sheeran also spent time greeting other sick kids in the ward, and after the visit, Driscoll’s mother, Karina, expressed her gratitude to the kind singer.
“Melody absolutely loves Ed‘s music, and his lyrics mean so much to us as a family,” she said. “It was amazing to meet Ed, and everyone could see just how impressed Melody was…
“We joke that Ed is Melody’s boyfriend because she is so taken with him, and now that she’s met him in person a dream has come true.”
Meanwhile, ward medic Dr. Ruth Charlton added, “We are so touched that Ed would take the time out of his busy schedule to visit Melody and the other young patients on the ward.
“Melody was mesmerized by Ed, and it was a truly wonderful to see how happy he made her. We would like to thank Ed for coming – this was a very special day for our staff, our patients and, of course, Melody.”
It’s not the first time Sheeran has made the effort to reach out to sick fans. Last year, he recorded a touching video message for a devotee battling leukemia, who was set to wed in hospital, while he also paid a visit to a cancer sufferer in New Zealand after learning she had missed his gig in Auckland because she was too ill.