Keith Urban surprises his 'biggest fan' in hospital after nurses start social media campaign to get him to come visit her
Urban surprised his biggest fan, Marissa English, who is currently in hospice care and sang his 2016 hit song 'Blue aint your color' to her while she mouthed the words back.
Keith Urban decided to make a surprise visit to one of his superfans who is in hospice care at the Mercy Health St. Vincent Hospital before he took the stage at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Marissa English is a huge fan of the country music superstar and her health is rapidly declining. As reported by WTOL-11, 25-year-old English has "a myriad of health conditions including water and an inoperable cyst on her brain, severe scoliosis and cerebral palsy". However, this has not stopped her from being a huge Keith Urban fan and absolutely loving his music.
Her mother Marlise Matthews shared, "She has memorabilia from a couple of the other concerts we’ve been to. She has a t-shirt that we put on a pillow that’s beside her all the time. It’s actually cute because she’ll pick up the pillow and hug it and kiss it [and] … she’ll point at it and say Mr. Hottie." Once it became clear that English would not be able to attend his concert even though she had the tickets, her nurses decided to start a social media campaign to try and get him to come and visit her.
Nurse Jan Cassity explained, "We knew how important it was to Marissa to be at that concert. Since she wasn’t able to we were hoping to try and find some way to have Keith make a connection with her". Marissa's in-home nurse Jackie Codding added, "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".
The singer received the message and surprised Marissa before his concert. In a video clip taken inside the hospital room, Keith can be seen kneeling down beside Marissa and singing his 2016 hit song 'Blue ain't your color' to a karaoke track as he held onto her hand. Keith told Marissa, "I’d be playing this song right now if I had my guitar with me right now." Marissa can be seen smiling through the song and mouthing the words.
Later on while at the Huntington Center, Keith told the crowd about his special meeting and said, "a beautiful girl named Marissa … who I truly think is my biggest fan". According to WTOL-11, Keith said, "We’re going to dedicate this whole show tonight to her, to Marissa."