Loving can heal!
Ed Sheeran gave one young fan the surprise of a lifetime last week when he visited her at Epsom Hospital in Surrey, England, last week.
Melody Driscoll, 9, suffers from Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes problems in brain function. Because of the disorder, Melody cannot walk or talk, and wasn’t expected to live past age 4, her mother, Karina Driscoll, tells PEOPLE.
Over a year ago, Karina says, Melody heard Sheeran’s music for the first time and fell in love. Realizing the connection her daughter felt to the British star, Karina started a YouTube campaign for him to visit. Soon after, though, Sheeran took a social media hiatus.
“Our local police then came on board our campaign and everyone was tweeting and sharing it,” Karina says. “Then I was contacted by Ed’s manager, who said he would make it happen.”
Karina tells PEOPLE that Melody — who spends 80 percent of …