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Keith Urban showed up in front of thousands of fans at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday night, but the brightest moment of this stop on the tour arrived hours earlier at nearby Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center.
Urban paused in his rehearsals on Thursday to visit his biggest fan, Marissa English, a 25-year-old country music lover who fights against a series of debilitating diseases, such as hydrocephalus, an inoperable cyst in her brain, cerebral palsy and severe scoliosis.
The Englishman wanted nothing more than to see Urban play live, according to his mother, Marlise Matthews, and his sister, Madison Rowe, but when his already declining state worsened, the Englishman could not move from his bed, much less go to a concert.
But some very special caregivers could not bear to see the English disappointed.
"A few nurses made it their mission to make their dream come true," said Matthews TODAY. "They started a bombing on social networks that took off like crazy to get Keith's attention".
The media campaign worked and, after a bit of organizing, Urban arrived at the English hospital room.
"The visit was really amazing," said Matthews TODAY. "Keith was so compassionate to her, he took her hand while talking to her and singing to her."
Urban with serenade in English with his favorite song, "Blue Is not Your Color", and kissed his biggest fan in the cheek.
"She calmed down while he was here," Matthews said. "His heart rate dropped a lot, and his blood pressure was the best he had in days."
The Englishman has spent 17 days in the hospital fighting for his life, according to Rowe, English's sister.
After almost an hour with English, Urban asked his family and his pediatric nurse from the ICU to attend the concert that night.
Before the show began, Urban recognized his special guests and dedicated the entire show to his "biggest fan, Marissa," according to Matthews.
"It was so emotional," Matthews recalled. "The whole place burst into applause. … A lot of tears from everyone who is there. "
Back in San Vicente, the Englishman listened to Urban's music and looked at his many photos with his favorite singer.
As he continues to struggle for pain and hardship, his family sees the next day as a blessing.
"All the time she was there, it was as if she had almost returned to her old self," Rowe said TODAY. "His whole face lit up, and he wanted to talk, sing and smile. For Marissa, this was a wish for a lifetime to come true. "