Florence Welch performs private concert for dying patient

A young girl in Austin gets a surprise visit by Florence. Photo / Catutube88 YouTube
A young girl in Austin gets a surprise visit by Florence. Photo / Catutube88 YouTube

Florence Welch has staged a special bedside concert for a dying fan.

A young girl in Austin had been due to attend Florence + The Machine's gig at the Austin360 Amphitheater on Thursday but she was forced to skip the show as she was too ill to leave the medical centre.

Frontwoman Welch learned about this so decided to make it up to the 15-year-old by taking the show to her hospice room in Austin, Texas, where she performed just for the youngster, according to People.com.

Hospice Austin nurse Christie Kramer reveals medical staff reached out to Welch via the Christopher House community charity - but even after the singer gave her word to stop by for a visit, the patient's mother, Catherine Chen, wasn't convinced it would actually happen.

In a post online, Kramer explained, "We have a patient who held long cherished tickets to see Florence and The Machine last night with her BFF (best friend forever). All week through set back after set back she asked if she would be able to go.

"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."

Kramer said Chen burst into tears of joy at the sight of the famous singer.

Chen shared video footage of the concert surprise on Instagram on Friday, when she heaped praise on Welch for making her girl's wish come true.

"@florence of #Florence&TheMachine is such a beautiful and kind soul!!" the proud mum captioned the clip.

"She brought so much joy to all of us today. What a Blessing!!"

Among the tunes Welch sang for the teen included Shake It Out and Dog Days Are Over, for which the star was accompanied by guitarist Rob Ackroyd, as a group of the girl's friends looked on in excitement.

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"There were shrieks and squeals and so much joyous music and singing and tears and tears and tears of grief and joy and hope and love and utter devastation," Kramer said.

"And somehow simple kindness made everything better," she added.


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