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‘Fearless’ Taylor Swift fan recovering from liver transplant tries to get singer to visit her at Johns Hopkins Children's Center

By california scoop / Published on Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 08:45 AM / No Comments / 17 views



Haleigh Preston ran into her mother’s room in a frenzy in January. Taylor Swift was coming to FedEx Field, not that far from their Havre de Grace home, in July, the day before Haleigh’s 12th birthday.

Could they go?

Her mom, Amber Bodkin, was sympathetic, but it was hard to make a firm plan. Haleigh needed a new liver, and the family didn’t know when she could get one. Haleigh’s doctor at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center had put her on the transplant list in December, and now they were waiting.

Nevertheless, this spring Bodkin called around and got tickets donated to them. Swift’s Reputation tour is at FedEx Field on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I was just freaking out,” Haleigh recalled. She wanted to hear her favorite songs: “Bad Blood,” “End Game” and “Love Story.”

But on July 3 — eight days before the concert and nine days before Haleigh’s birthday — the doctor called. They were ready for the transplant.

“The whole morning before a surgery she was telling them, I’m glad I’m getting a liver but I’m mad I’m missing Taylor Swift for my birthday,” Bodkin said.

The July 4 transplant went well, and Haleigh could be out of the hospital as soon as Friday.

But a concert Tuesday or Wednesday? She’s not ready for it. Still too delicate.

So, hospital staff came up with a new end game: If Haleigh can’t go to Swift, they should try to bring Swift to Haleigh.

The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center posted a tweet Friday with Haleigh holding up a white board with the words “Please come see me Taylor Swift” and allusions to the singer’s lyrics:

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