15 year old Karinya Chen is one of Florence and the machines biggest fans, she was due to attend the gig with her best friend at the Austin 360 amphitheater. Unfortunately Karinya who is battling cancer was unable to make the concert as her health had declined.
In a Facebook post, nurse Christie Kramer explained how it all started.
She said: ‘We have a patient who held long cherished tickets to see Florence and The Machine last night with her BFF. All week through set back after set back she asked if she would be able to go’.
‘We tried to entertain the idea and it felt so scary and overwhelming for the medical staff and her mother that finally I said no, and my heart broke again.’
It was at this point that the team hatched a plan to get Florence to visit Karinya – but they found it hard to imagine that it would happen until it actually did.
‘My patient’s mom was so nervous – will she really come? Is she here yet? She kept popping out of the room and checking.’
Florence kept her promise and turned up with her guitarist Rob Ackroyd and played acoustic versions of Dogs Days are over, Shake it out and kiss with a fist. Karinya’s friends were in the room being her back up singers, check out the
‘Thank you, Florence, for your loving kindness, and for making our patient’s day’, the hospital’s care team said.
Karinya’s mom shared a video of the performance on Instagram, writing, “Florence of Florence + The Machine is such a beautiful and kind soul!! She brought so much joy to all of us today. What a blessing!!”
Hospice Austin also shared a video from the performance that’s since been viewed more than 400,000 times. Check out the videos it’s a very touching and beautiful, make sure you have tissues handy!