Little Sofia Sanchez, only 11 and awaiting heart transplant, got a big dose of heart when her idol, rapper Drake, surprised her in her hospital room Monday after she invited him to her birthday party.
Sanchez, who was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that often leads to heart failure, is awaiting a heart transplant at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Three weeks ago, Sanchez received open heart surgery and while she was recovering, she decided to do the “Kiki Challenge.” She filmed the dance in the hospital hallway, with an IV attached to her arm and a smile on her face.
“I love your music and I was hoping that you could come and cheer me up for my birthday or anytime this week,” she said in an accompanying video, in which she described her recent heart surgery.
Cut to new video of Drake entering her room from behind a hospital curtain and greeting the astonished child in her bed, her eyes as big as saucers.
When she spots him, she freezes, then shrieks, “Oh my God!”
“You asked me to come, I’m here,” he laughs.
“It’s a miracle,” says Sofia, who lives in Downers Grove in suburban Chicago.
They took selfies, they exchanged autographs, they talked about Justin Bieber and about basketball.
Sofia couldn’t have been more thrilled judging from various videos that went viral, including one posted by the hospital.