Shawn Mendes surprises Airdrie fan who missed the concert

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Despite being a huge Shawn Mendes fan, Kaley Biggar was unable to attend his concert in Calgary on Monday.

Biggar, 14, is being treated for a life-threatening illness. She was diagnosed with a blood yeast infection seven weeks ago and has been on aggressive antibiotic treatment to clear the infection.

To make matters worse, Biggar will be transferred to Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital next week. There she is scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery on July 11 to replace a pacemaker she has worn since childhood.

Biggar was born with multiple life-threatening birth defects and had 44 surgeries. She was born with three holes in her heart and is 100 percent dependent on the feeding tube.

Biggar’s kidney function is also declining, making the surgery even more necessary.

Airdrie’s Kaley Biggar had tickets to see her idol Shawn Mendes play at the Saddledome on Monday but is unable to go due to medical complications related to upcoming open-heart surgery on July 11Mendes’ performance in Calgary was to be the teenager’s first concert experience, but Biggar couldn’t risk catching even a mild infection while she prepared for heart surgery.

The teenager was devastated that she had to miss the concert, but hours before he performed, Mendes surprised the Airdrie resident with a video call.

“She was so excited,” said Vicky Biggar, Kaley’s mom. “It definitely shed a bit of light on who she is.”

When the moment came when the teenage girl saw her idol on her iPad screen, it brought joy to the family at an extremely stressful time.

In March, her father Brodie Biggar, 43, died at home of complications from COVID-19 and diabetes.

Listening to Mendes’ music and watching videos of him performing was something that bonded him to his teenage daughter.

Biggar repeated to CTV News on Tuesday what she said to Mendes during her special call.

“I love you Shawn boy,” she said.

Mendes sent Biggar a signed hooded sweatshirt that read, “Kaley, I love you so much.”

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