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It was a happy ending to a very sad tale that both began and ended on Twitter. Singer Ed Sheeran belted out one of his most beloved songs, but it wasn’t for thousands of people, it was for one little girl whose life was slowly ending.
After years of battling Cystic Fibrosis, a 15-year-old girl named Triona was on her last legs. She desperately wanted to get out of the hospital and make some more good memories before the end; so, her brother Colm took to Twitter in an attempt to make one of her final dreams come true. #SongForTri caught on via Twitter and, according to the LA Times, soon caught the attention of several media outlets who worked to make a seemingly impossible wish a reality. It took a little bit, but eventually The Ireland Independent managed to make contact with one of her idols,Ed Sheeran with hopes of arranging a unique final performance.
Sheeran was more than happy to oblige, but because he was not immediately made aware of the severity of the situation, he sent her well wishes and told her he would be visiting in October. After getting the prognosis, Sheeran connected with the family and played Triona’s favorite song “Little Bird” over the phone as she laid down in bed. Triona’s family says during the song, the girl slowly drifted off to sleep and passed on moments after the song's completion. Sheeran took to Twitter not long after with the following message for his lost fan.
You can listen to the song in question, "Little Bird" below...
Triona took to Twitter like most teens and used #CysticFibrosis to raise awareness for her disease. Her photo on Twitter even mentioned her illness coupled with the quote “My lungs sucked at being lungs”. May she rest in peace and hopefully her story will raise awareness to others about this disease.
Cystic Fibrosis is an illness which an abnormal amount of mucus forms in the body and affects the lungs, liver, and pancreas. Cystic Fibrosis has no cure but has made several advancements in medicine since the 1980’s to improve the quality of patients worldwide.