Drake made a surprise visit to one of his young fans, Sofia Sanchez, who went viral by doing the Shiggy Dance Challenge in the hospital.
Sanchez, who turns 11 on August 18th, was shocked when Drake walked into her hospital room to bond with her. She is waiting for a heart transplant at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She had one wish for her birthday, to meet Drake and to get a new heart.
At least one of her wishes was fulfilled by Drake who took time out his busy schedule touring to meet with her. “I didn’t talk for a minute. I was like, is this real or fake?” Sanchez revealed in a video. “He’s like, ‘It’s me, Drake.’ I’m like ‘Oh my God!’”
The two bonded about Justin Bieber, Owls, and basketball before exchanging autographs. Drake performed to a sold-out crowd at the United Center for two nights last weekend, but still made it a priority to see this young fan whose favorite song is “God’s Plan.” Her “In My Feelings” dance-off from the hospital went viral which eventually got Drizzy’s attention.
If you’re not a fan of Drake, you have to respect this man for the good things he has been doing this year. Earlier this year, he gave away almost a million dollars when he was in Miami shooting the video for “God’s Plan.”
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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