Florence and the Machine surprises ill teen with private concert

Florence and the Machine surprises ill teen with private concert

AUSTIN, TX (WCSC) - When Florence and the Machine's lead singer learned a 15-year-old fan was too ill to attend their concert, she made a surprise visit to the teen's hospice room.

The teen had hoped to attend the Thursday night concert with her friends, but her nurse practitioner determined she was too ill to do so, Hospice Austin spokesperson Melinda Marble said.

The organization's chaplain and a social worker knew Florence Welch planned to stay in Austin overnight and planned to tape an appearance on Austin City Limits on Friday, so they began searching for a way to make contact. Marble reached out to Welch's representatives and the singer agreed to stop by Hospice Austin's Christopher House.

Hospice Austin posted YouTube videos of the visit to their official YouTube page:

"The patient hadn't been feeling well and it made such a difference, such a difference," Marble said.

She said Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd sang to her on Friday, joined by a group of the girl's friends.

Welch signed her fan's arm with a Sharpie marker and the teen said she wouldn't wash her arm, Marble said.

Marble says the patient remains "euphoric" following the special visit.

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