Nine-year-old with Rett syndrome enjoys surprise visit from favourite singer

A young girl with ultra-rare Rett syndrome has received a surprise visit from her favourite singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran.

Melody Meadows, nine, was serenaded with two songs at her bedside at Epsom Hospital in Surrey. The surprise visit followed a successful campaign launched by her parents, who describe young Melody as an Ed Sheeran “super-fan”.

Melody’s mum, Karina, said: “Melody absolutely loves Ed’s music, and his lyrics mean so much to us as a family.

“Ed’s music and the staff here, including Melody’s consultant Dr Tim Marr, have kept her alive.

“It was amazing to meet Ed, and everyone could see just how impressed Melody was – she even got hugs and kisses from him!

“We joke that Ed is Melody’s boyfriend because she is so taken with him, and now that she’s met him in person a dream has come true.

Dr Ruth Charlton, Consultant Paediatrician and Joint Medical Director, added: “We are so touched that Ed would take the time out of his busy schedule to visit Melody and the other young patients on the ward.

“Melody was mesmerised by Ed, and it was a truly wonderful to see how happy he made her”.