A girl passed away just seconds after her musical hero Ed Sheeran sang to her as she lay in her hospital bed.
Brave 15-year-old Triona Priestly was at peace when her final wish came true, and she died with a smile on her face.
Speaking on an Irish TV channel, Triona’s brother Aidan described the touching moment when she heard her favourite pop star sing to her on the phone.
I just remember the day.
We were in this small little ICU room.
There was myself, my brothers, our partners, my parents, Triona’s godfather, his wife and the hospital staff.
Triona was in a huge bed, covered with tubes and machines, a little box window ahead of her on top.
My brother Colm left the room but he returned then and he was on the phone.
He just says ‘I’m going to put you on loudspeaker quickly’ and clicks it and we hear Ed Sheeran.
Aidan went on to describe what Ed said to Triona:
He says: “Hi Triona, I hear you’re a big fan.” He heard that her favourite song is little bird and he begins to play and the guitar comes through.
He plays the whole song. We tell him very quickly thanks very much and that we have to go.
We have to hang up on him.
It was probably a bit rude at the time.
The doctor lifts his stethoscope to tell us that her heart has stopped.
We take the mask off because she had been on a machine to breathe.
Aidan described the smile on Triona’s face when she received her dying wish:
Just in that moment, I can remember a burst of light comes through that window and she’s smiling.
It’s this big room and my family hasn’t gotten smaller.
It’s grown by the thousands of people that Triona has invited in.
I feel that every day, it stays with us all the time.
Triona passed away in April 2014 and her family appealed to Ed Sheeran when she was in her final hours.