A ‘Per­fect’ birthday

Scar­lett Jervis en­joys spe­cial visit with Ed Sheeran to cel­e­brate turn­ing six-years-old

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL BRAN­DON, MAN­I­TOBA

Jas­mine Jervis never thought when she posted a video to Facebook of her daugh­ter Scar­lett that it would lead to the young girl hav­ing a face-to-face meeting with her fa­vorite singer ED Sheeran.

“I had no idea what would hap­pen,” said Jervis who is for­merly from St. Lawrence, New­found­land, but now makes her home in Bran­don, Man­i­toba, “I’ve never done any­thing like that be­fore, but we had read that he has met many of his fans who have big life strug­gles, so we thought, why not?”

In the video Scar­lett, who re­cently cel­e­brated her sixth birthday, said her birthday wish was for Ed Sheeran to be in her house singing his hit song “Per­fect”.

She had also said she would like to get a hug from Sheeran.

Although Sheeran did not per­form in her home in Man­i­toba, the young girl was able to get a hug from her fa­vorite mu­si­cian dur­ing a meet and greet back­stage af­ter the fam­ily drove nine hours to at­tend the con­cert in Min­neapo­lis at the US Bank Sta­dium on Satur­day, Oct. 20.

“The video was re­ceived by his man­ager,” Jervis ex­plained. “With all the at­ten­tion it re­ceived, it landed in his lap and got his (Sheeran’s) at­ten­tion too, and they were kind enough to make it hap­pen.”

Jarvis said Scar­lett’s face lit up when she saw Sheeran wait­ing to meet her be­fore the show.

“I’ve never seen her so ex­cited,” she said. “She was ask­ing ques­tions and hug­ging him, all at the same time.”

Scar­lett said it was great hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to meet Sheeran face-to-face, “be­cause I love Ed Sheeran,” she said in a video mes­sage to The South­ern Gazette from her home in Bran­don.

“He’s a re­ally good singer,” Scar­lett added.

When asked how she felt about hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to meet him she en­thu­si­as­ti­cally replied, “Happy, shocked, sur­prised and smi­ley.”

Stay­ing pos­i­tive

At two-months-old, af­ter re­cov­er­ing from her first open heart surgery, Scar­lett was di­ag­nosed with CHARGE syn­drome. Jervis and her hus­band Kyle were dev­as­tated by the news.

“We knew she would live a life full of hos­pi­tals, ther­a­pies, and surg­eries — we knew that road would not be easy,” Jervis told The South­ern Gazette via so­cial me­dia Mes­sen­ger.

“We nearly lost her dur­ing her first heart surgery, so to think of more surg­eries and pro­ce­dures was ter­ri­fy­ing,” her mother said. “To­day, she can be­come a lit­tle frus­trated at times, espe­cially when it comes to her phys­i­cal weak­nesses, but she keeps an in­cred­i­ble spirit. She usu­ally has the doc­tors laugh­ing be­fore leav­ing her ap­point­ments.”

Jervis cred­its mu­sic for keep­ing her daugh­ter pos­i­tive, adding that she of­ten turns to her iPod when feel­ing down.

She added that her daugh­ter also en­joys learn­ing about the artist, their lives, their strug­gles.

“She found out that Ed Sheeran had a se­vere stut­ter as a child and how he learned to over­come it,” ex­plained Jervis. “She also has speech dif­fi­cul­ties due to the stroke, so she re­ally con­nected over that.”

Thank­ful par­ents

In a post about the meeting on Facebook on Oct. 21, Jervis wrote she could not thank Sheeran enough, “…for mak­ing my lit­tle girl’s ac­tual dreams come true.”

She ended the post by say­ing, “We are driv­ing home with burst­ing hearts and we couldn’t have asked for a more beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. Through any up­com­ing ap­point­ments, pro­ce­dures and surg­eries, I’ll be show­ing her pic­tures and videos of this week­end to help keep her spir­its high — and maybe ours too.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JAS­MINE JERVIS

Six-year-old Scar­lett Jervis had a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity to meet Ed Sheeran’s at his con­cert in Min­neapo­lis at the US Bank Sta­dium on Satur­day, Oct. 20.

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