By Craig Richard
A brave young girl living with a rare condition was serenaded by her musical hero at her hospital bedside today.
Nine-year-old Melody Driscoll has Rett Syndrome, a condition that affects brain development and causes physical and mental disability, and is often an inpatient on Casey Ward – the children’s ward at Epsom Hospital.
During long stays in hospital there’s always one thing certain to brighten Melody’s mood – flame-headed singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
Her parents launched a campaign for her to meet Ed, and today (Wednesday, November 9), he obliged.
Ed signed Melody’s pink guitar before treating her to two of his hits, Thinking Out Loud and Photograph, before posing for snaps and meeting other young inpatients.
Dr Ruth Charlton, Consultant Paediatrician and Joint Medical Director, said: “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 mesmerised 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.”
Melody’s mum Karina, (pictured above with Dr Charlton and Ed Sheeran), who launched the campaign, said: “Melody absolutely loves Ed’s music, and his lyrics mean so much to us as a family. It was amazing to meet Ed, and everyone could see just how impressed Melody was – she even got hugs and kisses from him!
“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.
“Ed’s music and the staff here, including Melody’s consultant Dr Tim Marr, have kept her alive.”
Ward Manager Karen Kilday, said: “It was wonderful to see Ed on the ward and to see the joy that it brought to Melody. His caring and relaxed approach were evident to see and everyone on the ward that day will remember the visit and this lovely moment forever.”