Drake grants birthday wish to little girl awaiting heart transplant

Lurie Chidlren's Hospital in Chicago. | Courtesy Jamie Budzick  Lurie Children's Hospital

Sofia Sanchez, who is being treated at a children's hospital in Chicago, had previously expressed her wish to meet the rapper for her birthday.

The video quickly made the rounds online, with many urging Drake to meet with Sanchez, and the 31-year-old took notice and made the trip to the Windy City.

Some kids receive toys for their 11th birthday, but Downers Grove resident Sofia Sanchez settled for a visit from her favorite rapper Drake instead.

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Drake later posted one to Instagram, captioning it: "Me and my love Sofia talking about Bieber and Owls and Basketball". "I hope you can come and cheer me up".

A heart transplant is often needed to survive, and Sofia is now on the waiting list. It just so happened that Sofia's 11th birthday was on Saturday. I did the Kiki challenge. Sofia was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that often leads to heart failure and need for heart transplantation in order to survive.

In another video, the young girl asks Drake to visit her over the weekend, as he was performing in Chicago.

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"I'm so happy I got to see you", he told his young fan, to which Sofia squealed: "I'm so happy you came".

Here's to wishing Sofia and her family all the luck in the world.

It must have worked because Drake, who was in Chicago for a show, stopped by the hospital to say hello.

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'Three weeks ago, she underwent open heart surgery in order to connect a VAD (ventricular assist device), which is a mechanical pump that helps support the heart and blood flow in people with heart failure, ' the facility said.

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