A Texas teen's dream came true Friday when Florence and the Machine performed to her bedside while she was stuck in hospice care.
Karinya Chen, 15, was looking forward to the English indie rock band's latest concert in Austin, and was devastated when she was not well enough to go.
According to nurse practitioner Christie Kremer, who wrote about the concert on Facebook, she herself was saddened when she told Chen she wouldn't be able to attend the concert.https://youtu.be/tmL5xU67qdE
"All week through set back after set back, she asked if she would be able to go," Kremer wrote. "We tried to entertain the idea and it felt so scary and overwhelming for the medical staff and her mother that finally I said no, and my heart broke again."
Kremer then explained that thanks to a "remarkable team effort on the part of Christopher House and Hospice Austin Staff," they were able to get in contact with Welch, explaining the situation. That was when Welch, along with guitarist Rob Ackroyd, decided to hold a bedside concert for Chen.https://youtu.be/Uzw7MOBS9lg
The mother was worried that Welch wouldn't show, but much to her happiness, Welch did indeed come, bringing her voice, the acoustic guitar and joy.
"Florence came, and her mom burst into tears at the sight of her and Florence gave her a big hug."
The band performed "Dog Days are Over" and "Shake it Out," and even went on to sing with the young fan. Fellow workers and hospice members gathered around and joined in, clapping and video taping the surprise show.
Two videos have been posted on the hospice's Facebook page, and both of them show the joy and happiness going around the room. The videos have over half a million views each.
"Thank you, Florence, for your loving kindness, and for making our patient's day," Kremer wrote.