Last November, Ed Sheeran made the Internet’s heart melt when he made the dreams of a 9-year-old fan come true. And now, he’s making them melt all over again, with one more tribute to her.
To catch you up, Melody Driscoll was born with Rhett syndrome, a condition that “causes problems in brain function that are responsible for cognitive, sensory, emotional, motor, and autonomic function.” As a result, Melody has sadly spent 80 percent of her life in a hospital.
But her favorite person in the world — the one who can make any dark day brighter — is Ed Sheeran. Every time she hears one his songs, it helps Melody regain the strength she needs to fight for her life. So when Ed caught wind of melody’s story and showed up in person to serenade her last fall, it was pure magic.
But apparently, that wouldn’t be the end of their story — it seems Melody got her second date with Ed on May 2; and it was almost as touching as the first.
In a post on the Facebook page Melody In Mind, Melody’s mom shared the following message with her followers:
“Yesterday Melody got her 2nd Date with Ed Sheeran. Due to Melody’s health she will never be able to attend a proper concert. So, Ed created a mini concert just for her and him so she got to experience the amazing sound and amazing atmosphere of seeing Ed live on stage, complete with all staging and lighting effects including all the big screens. He let her pick what songs she wanted him to sing to her and spent one on one time together gazing in each other’s eyes. It was the most amazing thing to watch. The love they have for each other is obvious for anyone to see. He even drew him and Melody on her cast, using a gold pen for their hair lol. And wrote ‘Love You’ on Melody’s wheelchair. To top the afternoon off, Stuart and Mark surprised Melody and us, by taking Melody to Ed’s Shop and allowing her to pick what she wanted to take home. Ed has even agreed a 3rd Date for his Princess”
It isn’t every day that you hear about celebs making such small but incredible acts of kindness like this, but Ed Sheeran has clearly gone above and beyond for the little girl.
“Ed certainly does have a true bond with Melody,” her mother Karina tells Babble. “We think he is the most down to earth, kind hearted, genuine, talented person anyone could ever wish to meet.”
She’s also incredibly grateful for all that he’s added to the little girl’s life:
“We are so proud he has a big role to play in Melody’s life and how he wants to be in her life. We are so happy he is taking the time to involve himself [and] hope the she is an inspiration to him just as much as he is an inspiration to her. Going by Melody’s reaction towards Ed, she’s completely in love. Happiness oozes out of her when he’s around her.”
Since first meeting Sheeran, Melody’s mom says she’s been on cloud 9.
“Ed brought her an iPad with all his music for her operation she had in January and even sent her two video messages to keep her fighting strong,” Karina shared. “She completely forgets about her medical needs when he is around.”
Karina adds that while the day-to-day realities of caring for a child with critical medical issues is both draining and emotional, her daughter’s happiness is of the utmost importance to her, and Ed’s presence has given her daughter a new reason to fight. In fact, he’s given all of the Driscolls a reason to fight.
“Ed gives us the strength to carry on as parents,” Karina shares. “He makes us think that anything is possible. We stay positive as we know Melody has him fighting in her corner with her. It takes a huge weight off of us to see her so happy.”
Karina has also credited Facebook and Twitter fans with helping her get her daughter’s story out into the world, creating an opportunity for Melody to meet Ed Sheeran in the first place.
“We would like to thank everyone who follows Melody’s journey and gives us all so much support,” she tells Babble. “We hope that Melody shows everyone that miracles do happen, that life is so worth living, and to never ever give up.”
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what Ed and Melody’s next hang-out will bring.