Ed Sheeran just made one of his biggest fans very happy.
The singer surprised 9-year-old Melody Driscoll last week by visiting her in the hospital, where she has spent 80 percent of her life undergoing more than 40 operations. Melody has a rare neurological disorder called Rett syndrome, and she cannot walk or talk. Doctors thought she wouldn't live past age 4, but she beat the odds.
Melody's family calls Sheeran her "Prince Charming." Her mother Karina Driscoll thanked the star for his visit in a Facebook letter in which she explains how his music has helped Melody through her pain. "So many times I nearly lost her because she was giving up but as soon as we put you on Melody would start fighting back. This is what I mean when I say that I literally owe you her life."
During his visit, Sheeran sang his songs "Thinking Out Loud" and "Photograph" for Melody while strumming a small pink guitar. "She was starstruck at first, she didn't believe it was him so he let her stroke his tattoo to prove he was the real deal," Driscoll told The Huffington Post. "Her eyes lit up and she started dancing, and smiling and giggling at him."
Melody's mother has been trying for more than a year to get Sheeran to visit her daughter, but since he took a social media break, it has been difficult to reach him. With the help of a local police station, Melody's story eventually went viral, and Sheeran's manager contacted Driscoll. The singer even invited Melody to a soundcheck since she isn't able to attend a concert.
"You treated her normally," Driscoll wrote to Sheeran on Facebook. "It's amazing the amount of people who don't think she can understand anything because she can't talk so they treat her like a baby. But you saw through all that and saw Melody for who she truly is. An amazing little girl who deserves the world. A true princess."