Keith Urban performs in front of thousands of fans at Huntington's Center in Toledo, Ohio, Thursday night, but the brightest moment of this tour Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center.
Urban took pause from his rehearsals Thursday to visit his biggest fan, Marissa English, a 25-year-old country music lover struggling with a range of debilitating health conditions, including hydrocephalus, inoperable cyst on her brain, cerebral palsy and severe scoliosis.
Marlon Matthews and sister, Madison Rowe, but when they were declining, English wanted nothing more than to see
But some very special caretakers could not bear to see
"A few nurses made their dream come true "Matthews told TODAY. Keith's attention. "
Keith's attention worked."
"The media campaign worked, and after a bit of organizing, arrived at Deutsch's hospital room." Marissa has loved Keith for so long, "English's sister, Madison Rowe, told TODAY. Garrett
" The visit was truly amazing, "Matthews told TODAY. "Keith what so compassionate with her. He serenaded her hand while he talked to her and sang to her. "
She squeezed English with her favorite song," Blue Is not Your Color, "and kissed his biggest fan on the cheek.
" She calmed down so much while he was here, "Matthews said.
English has been hospitalized for 17 days fighting for her life, according to Rowe, English's sister.
Before the show started, Urban acknowledged his special guests and dedicated the entire show to his "biggest fan, Marissa," according to Matthews.
"It was so emotional," Matthews recalled. "The whole venue broke out in applause.
Back at St. Vincent's,
Back to St. Vincent's,
Back to St. Vincent's
"The whole time he was there, it's like you're almost back to your old self," Rowe told TODAY. "Her whole face lit up, and she wanted to talk and sing and smile. For Marissa, this is a lifetime come true. "