Ed Sheeran surprises 9-year-old super fan battling terminal illness: 'She's still on cloud nine'

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Even though 9-year-old Melody Driscoll is battling a rare, undiagnosed illness that causes her body to deteriorate every day, her biggest dream was to meet her idol, British musician Ed Sheeran.

Last week, that dream came true.

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After Melody, of southeast England, was diagnosed with Rett syndrome at 16 months old, doctors didn't think she would live past 4 years old.

According to her mom, Katrina Driscoll, Melody was developing like any other tot in her first several months, then started losing the ability to walk and speak.

"She went back to acting like a baby," Driscoll said.

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Ed Sheeran performs at Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America at the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
LONDON, UK - FEBRUARY 28: Ed Sheeran poses in Camden on February 28, 2008 in London, UK. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns)
Ed Sheeran live onstage at The Stratford Circus, 19th November 2010. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: Ed Sheeran performs on stage during Dot To Dot Festival at Rock City on May 29, 2011 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Musician Ed Sheeran performs for a Biz Session in a Wapping recording studio on June 21, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Claire R Greenway/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Musician Ed Sheeran poses during a Biz Session in a Wapping recording studio on June 21, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Claire R Greenway/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Ed Sheeran performs on stage at Scala on July 6, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the first day of Lovebox at Victoria Park on July 15, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)
Bt Digital Music Awards At The Roundhouse, London, Britain - 29 Sep 2011, Ed Sheeran (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Ed Sheeran accepts the British Male Solo Artist award at the BRIT Awards 2012 in London on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
British singer Ed Sheeran (L) performs the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran perform onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 09: Musician Ed Sheeran performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2012 at Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 09: Musician Ed Sheeran performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2012 at Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Ed Sheeran visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studio on January 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 28: Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran performs during the grand opening celebration of the world's first Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace on April 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Nobu Hotel)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Ed Sheeran performs as Delta Air Lines and Fuse celebrate the opening of the airline's newly transformed JFK Terminal 4 with a live performance from Ed Sheeran at Delta's T4X pop-up experience in SoHo on May 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Delta Air Lines)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Singer Ed Sheeran poses at the Wonderwall portrait studio during the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Wonderwall)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran performs on NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's TODAY Show on July 12, 2013 in New York, New York. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 17: Musician Ed Sheeran performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Ed Sheeran hosted by Mario Lopez and presented by Pepsi at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 17, 2014 in Burbank, California. Streaming live on Yahoo Screen and Clear Channel stations across the country on June 23rd, 2014. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Ed Sheeran speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of the AFL Grand Final at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
Singer Ed Sheeran (TOP) and director Emil Nava (BOTTOM) celebrate in the press room after Sheeran won Best Male Video for 'Sing' at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. Brown (Photo credit should read FERDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for MTV)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Singer Ed Sheeran (L) performs on stage as models Adriana Lima (C) and Alessandra Ambrosio walk the runway during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Ed Sheeran performs live during the Telekom Street Gig at Zugspitze at 2962 Meters above sealevel on December 15, 2014 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran poses with his British album of the year award for 'X' and his British male solo artist award at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION, NO USE IN PUBLICATION DEVOTED TO SINGLE PERFORMER (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 15: Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage during Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on May 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Singer Ed Sheeran unveils his never-before-seen Madame Tussauds wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York on May 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Ed Sheeran attends 9th Annual American Institute for Stuttering Freeing Voices Changing Lives Gala on June 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for American Institute for Stuttering)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage at A+E Networks 'Shining A Light' concert at The Shrine Auditorium on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for A+E Networks)
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But, Melody also suffers from an undiagnosed condition that causes her entire body to flare up in sores and internal bleeding. For her chronic pain, Melody has a 24-hour IV of various pain killers.

Despite having trouble communicating, Melody understands everything happening around her — especially when someone puts on an Ed Sheeran song.

"She thinks he's her prince charming," her mom said, laughing.

Driscoll explained that several years ago, Melody was lying on the couch, sick at home, when the musician's hit single "Thinking Out Loud" came on TV.

"She started smiling and giggling at the TV, and she's never had that sort of reaction before," Driscoll said. "When the next song came on, the same reaction happened."

Since then, Sheeran, whom Melody calls her boyfriend, has been the key to getting her through treatment: "When she's in pain, we put Ed Sheeran on. He pulls her through that pain. He makes her fight for it."

So, Melody's mom and their community started using their resources to help her meet her idol. Since Melody's condition deteriorates with age, they were determined to help her dreams come true.

Their initial efforts were unsuccessful, and ended in Sheeran's manager offering free concert tickets for the next time the musician was in town.

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"Due to her health, we had to decline," her mom said. "We just couldn't get her there."

As they started losing hope, Driscoll said a local police officer decided to lend his support to the cause, and started talking to people he knew in order to make it happen.

Sheeran's manager soon reached out again, and agreed to send the musician to Melody's hospital room.

That Wednesday, "He walked in on his own, no management, no security, no cameras, no press. You could clearly see it wasn't about publicity for him, it was about Melody."

Melody was in disbelief. Her mom said initially, she didn't believe the man standing in front of him was her idol, until she checked the tattoo on his arm. Then, the nonverbal girl even tried to talk to him.

"A lot of people look at Melody and treat her like a baby, but he saw right through that," Driscoll said.

She said Sheeran spent about an hour and a half with her superfan daughter, and even sang Melody's favorite song, "Photograph," on her tiny pink guitar since he didn't bring his own.

"She started dancing and singing and smiling and giggling," Driscoll said. "He's keeping our daughter alive, but in his eyes, you could tell he was the one honored to meet Melody."

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Following the visit, Driscoll said Melody's condition took a turn for the worse but the visit still has her spirits high.

"Whenever anyone mentions Ed, her whole face lights up. She sits up, she dances, she starts tapping on the phone because she wants to see the video of her and Ed and make sure it wasn't a dream," Driscoll said. "She's still on cloud nine."

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