The rapper told 11-year-old Sofia he cancelled a concert to pay her a visit in hospital
A seriously ill child who was visited by Drake in hospital has received a heart transplant, it has been reported.
Sofia Sanchez, 11, appeared in a video dancing to the Canadian rapper’s song ‘In My Feelings’ as part of viral meme, the #KiKiChallenge. In her version, she could be seen jumping out of a wheelchair and walking down a corridor attached to an IV drip.
The star visited Sanchez at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital last week (August 20), where he told her: “You asked me to come, I’m here. What’s up?”
He added: “I kind of cancelled a concert so I could come and see you, to be honest with you. I’m pretty excited about it. You look wonderful.”
Sanchez was diagnosed with the condition cardiomyopathy, which can lead to heart failure. After undergoing open heart surgery three weeks ago, she was given a heart transplant yesterday (August 27).
Cardiovascular surgeon Carl Backer told the Associated Press that surgery had gone well, but the first 48 hours following the transplant were critical.”
An update posted on her GoFundMe page confirmed that surgery was a success. “Sofia is out of surgery!” it read. “Surgery went well. She received a really good, strong heart. They will keep her asleep for the remainder of the night. Thank you for your prayers.”
In a video posted to social media on Monday, Sanchez discussed her birthday wishes. “My birthday wishes are […] to meet Drake, and that happened and it was great. And my other wish is to get a heart, which is not happening.”
Her mother then told her she was having a transplant that day, to which she replied: “I’m getting a heart, Mum? Oh my god!”
Meanwhile, Drake was recently gifted a custom version of Monopoly when he returned to his hometown of Toronto earlier this month. Described as a “custom North Side Edition Monopoly board”, the special Monopoly set featured famous Toronto locations as spots on the board, a new set of gamepieces (including the OVO owl) and custom Monopoly money.