Pop star performs personal concert for young girl with Rett syndrome

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has performed a personal concert for a young girl living with ultra-rare Rett syndrome.

Melody Driscoll, Surrey, was treated to a private show at London’s O2 Arena in recent weeks – where the star performed several of her favourite songs on request.

The brave ten-year-old, who suffers from a number of rare and complex conditions, has undergone more than 40 operations in recent years and was reportedly feeling quite ill the day before Mr Sheeran decided to surprise her.

But Melody’s mother, Karina Driscoll, says that the concert went a long way to lift the young girl’s spirits.

“For the first five minutes Melody was starstruck,” she said.

“The O2 was empty, Ed was on stage and there was the full smoke machines, lighting and screens – it was like a proper concert.

“He said he hadn’t sung the song One for two years, but he did it [that day] especially for Melody,” she said.

The visit was not the first time the brave girl had met her favourite pop star.

In November last year, young Melody made headlines in several regional and national newspapers after Mr Sheeran visited her at Epsom hospital.

Karina Driscoll said: “I reminded him [Ed] that Melody was treating this as a second date, and that she would be expecting a third, a fourth and a fifth.

“He replied ‘there will be’.”

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