The Footy Show host and former NRL star Beau Ryan has fulfilled a dying cancer victim’s wish by rushing to her hospital bed.
Kia Lettice, 22, who suffers from ovarian cancer, was in Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital on Tuesday evening when her friend sent a Facebook plea saying Kia had only hours to live.
At about 8pm, Mahalia Murphy posted: ‘URGENT REQUEST!!! Any assistance to boost my friend up? She is currently in Prince of Wales hospital and has roughly four hours to live as she’s fighting cancer.
‘She wants Greg Inglis or Beau Ryan To come see her. If everyone can share this or get in contact for me this would be much appreciated.’
The post was quickly seen by thousands and soon after the public plea, Beau Ryan, a host of The Footy Show responded – and said he was on his way.
‘Leaving Shellharbour now! See you in two hours. Tell her to stay strong,’ Ryan replied to Ms Murphy’s post.
By 10pm, Ms Murphy had posted to Facebook: ‘Thanks to everyone for making this special moment happen. Beau Ryan you are a true legend man. Can’t thank you enough for this moment’.
It was accompanied by a photograph of Ryan, a former back for the Wests Tigers and the Sharks, at Ms Lettice’s bedside.
Although Ms Lettice was told she had just a few hours to live, her spirits lifted and she fought the cancer after being told Ryan, ‘her future husband,’ was on the way to the hospital.
‘She always would say while watching the footy show, that’s my future husband there, even though she has a boyfriend’ Ms Lettice’s first cousin, Shaniqua, told Daily Mail Australia.
Jarrod, another relative, said ‘You were able to see it [her spirits lifting], her eyes opened up more, she was sitting up actually taking photos and smiling.’
Ms Lettice’s relatives told Daily Mail Australia they rushed to her bedside making the five hour journey from Condoblin, in central NSW to Sydney, after being told she had just hours to live.
Ms Lettice’s family are now hoping she will continue to fight knowing she might be able to see Ryan again as well as meet Greg Inglis.
‘She talked to Greg Inglis…he’s in Queensland but he said he will come and see her when he’s back and Ryan said he’ll make some time to come back and visit her again,’ Jarrod said.
The image was ‘liked’ almost 10,000 times within hours of it being posted.
Hundreds of comments flowed in from people praising the special moment.
Model Emily Skye wrote on a photo of Ryan and Mr Lettice: ‘This is so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. What an angel. You are so amazing to do this’.
One of Ms Lettice’s family members, Isaac Lettice, wrote: ‘Just want to say a massive thank you man! Means so much to our family and especially Kia. You are a very kind man with a heart of gold! Means so much in our time of need’.
Others have called Ryan a ‘true gentleman’ and an amazing person.