Drake Visits Sofia Sanchez in the Hospital
It’s always nice to see people doing great things. And when that good thing is uplifting another, it’s even more special.
Drake Met Sofia Sanchez, a 10-year-old fan from Illinois. Sophia needs a new heart to survive. Her birthday wishes this year is to get a new heart and to meet Drake.
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Sofia Sanchez, from Downers Grove, will be 11 on August 18 and has been waiting for a new heart at Lurie Children’s for the past several weeks. She has two wishes for her birthday, to get her new heart and to meet her idol, Drake (@champagnepapi), who is performing Friday and Saturday at the United Center. . . . In hopes of meeting him, she and her cousin performed the KiKi Dance down the hospital hallway tethered to her IV pump and taped a video message from her hospital bed asking him to visit her at Lurie Children’s. . . . Sofia was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that often leads to heart failure and need for heart transplantation in order to survive. Three weeks ago, she underwent open heart surgery in order to connect a VAD (ventricular assist device), which is a mechanical pump that helps support the heart and blood flow in people with heart failure. Most often, it serves as a bridge to heart transplantation. Each year Lurie Children’s performs only four VADs. . . . In July, Lurie Children’s heart transplant team performed their 300th heart transplant and the next heart recipient will be #305. Lurie Children’s heart transplant team has performed 22 heart transplants so far this year. It has one of the largest pediatric heart transplant programs in the Midwest and was recently ranked the 3rd best Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In the last several years, Lurie Children’s has recruited some of the top pediatric heart transplant specialists in the country. #drake #drakechallenge #kikichallenge #inmyfeelings #all4your1
Sofia participated in the viral “In My Feelings” challenge, in hope to get the rapper’s attention. Sofia explained in the video, that she loved Drake’s music and she was hoping that he would come to the hospital for her birthday and cheer her up. Let’s just say her wish came true and we are amazed at her amazing spirit.
Today, Drake posted two pictures of him and Sofia on his Instagram. In one the pictures, you can see both Drake and Sofia with big smiles that make our hearts swell. In the caption, Drake writes “Me and my love Sofia talking about Bieber and Owls and Basketball.”Drake also posted an individual picture of Sofia wearing a “Scorpion” hat. In the captions, Drake put a couple of hearts eyes and a blue heart emoji.
Despite his busy schedule with touring, Drake still made time to make Sofia and our day.