The nurses at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio were determined to make a patient’s dying wish come true.

Marissa English’s caregivers knew the 25-year-old, who is hospitalized for a number of life-threatening conditions, couldn’t miss out on perhaps her last Keith Urban performance, reports WBTV.

Her in-home nurse Jackie Codding told the station:

“She just has such a fascination with Keith and loves to watch him on TV and listen to his music.

I think it would mean the world to her.”

English bought tickets to Urban’s concert in Toledo on Thursday night, but due to her declining health, she wasn’t able to attend his show. Nurse Jan Cassity said:

“We knew how important it was to Marissa to be at that concert tonight and since she wasn’t able to we were hoping to try and find some way to have Keith make a connection with her.”

According to WTOL, the woman is suffering from an inoperable cyst on her brain, along with scoliosis and cerebral palsy. English’s mother Marlise Matthews said:

“She stayed in the hospital five and a half months and when we took her home, the doctors said, ‘Go home and enjoy her for possibly a year. That might be the longest you have her.'”

Over the last few weeks, English’s health has been rapidly declining, and she wasn’t able to make it to Huntington Center to see Urban live.

But her nurses made sure she didn’t miss out.

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The pediatric ICU practitioners started a social media campaign to bring the singer to the hospital. Urban saw the message and came to English.

Watch Keith Urban visit English in her hospital room before his show:


As WTOL reports, during his concert Urban told the crowd that he got a chance to meet:

“A beautiful girl named Marissa … who I truly think is my biggest fan.”

He then dedicated his performance to English.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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