Little Girl Who Drake Met At Hospital Is Getting A Heart Transplant
The ill little girl who was surprised by Drake on her birthday has now received heart transplant. Sofia Sanchez, 11, who has cardiomyopathy, an incurable condition which can cause heart failure, hit headlines last week after a YouTube video of her meeting her idol was shared online.
In the clip, the Canadian rapper turned up to visit the little girl just before her birthday at the Lurie Children's Hospital, where, according to Drake, they chatted about Justin Beiber, owls and basketball. All solid topics of conversation, if you ask me.
In the heart-warming clip, the young girl appears to get the shock of her life as she spots Drake walking up to her, before he casually says: "You asked me to come, I'm here. You wanna give me a hug or what?"
The youngster doesn't need to be asked twice and jumps off her hospital bed for a cuddle. Ah, bloody adorable stuff.
Drake had initially spotted fan Sofia after she recorded her own version of the Kiki Challenge, using her wheelchair instead of a car, and decided to pay her a visit while he was in Chicago on tour. What a nice fella, eh?
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Speaking after the meeting, Sofia's cardiologist, Dr Bradley Marino, said: "Having this one special day where she doesn't have to be a sick patient and doesn't have to be a girl waiting for a heart, it's just a little girl who's a fan of a great artist, it's pretty special."
And if one birthday wish coming true wasn't good enough, Sofia's family has now revealed that she will be undergoing a heart transplant today. According to the hospital caring for Sofia she had been waiting around eight weeks for a suitable donor.
Following surgery, which is reported to take between eight and 12 hours, Sofia will spend around six to eight weeks recovering with her family hopeful she will be home in time for Thanksgiving, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
On a GoFundMe page set up for Sofia the family shared the good news, while also asking for prayers for the donor's family who 'unselfishly donated a heart for Sofia'.
Featured Image Credit: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago