8:07am PT by Gil Kaufman, Billboard
Ed Sheeran Surprises Nine-Year-Old Hospital-Bound Fan With Ukelele Performance
Ed Sheeran has been making good use of his time off from the music biz. His latest good deed included dropping in for an impromptu bedside concert for a nine-year-old superfan who spends most of her time in the hospital.
According to the Facebook page hosted by her mother, Melody Driscoll was diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder Rett Syndrome at birth, is unable to walk or talk and has spent about 80 percent of her life in hospitals where she's undergone more than 40 operations. Though she was only expected to live a few years, Melody will turn 10 in December and her mother refers to her as a "living miracle."
Sheeran provided Melody with a little magic recently when he popped into her hospital room in southeast England to play a mini-set for one of his biggest fans. Strumming his ukulele, Sheeran clearly makes Melody's day with his version of "Photograph."
Melody's mom wrote a heartfelt thank-you note to Sheeran after the weekend serenade: "I want to personally take this time to thank you for making my princess's dream come true," she wrote. "You are the one that has made all of that happen. She fell in love with you when 'Thinking Out Loud' came on TV for the very first time. Her reaction said it all. She sat there beaming at you on the TV and didn't take her eyes off you for a single second. Then every single time you came on the TV after that she gave the exact same reaction. Let me tell you, she's never ever had that reaction to anyone on TV before so I knew you was special to her."
Concluding her note, Melody's mom referred to Sheeran as Melody's "guarding Angel." "I can never thank you enough but I hope this letter shows you what you mean to us all and what you mean to the world."
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.