Sir Alex Ferguson Pays Surprise Visit To Terminally Ill Manchester United Fan
Sir Alex Ferguson brilliantly paid a surprise visit to a terminally ill Manchester United fan in hospital.
32-year-old Damien Nixon had recently been told doctors could do no more to treat his cancer and that he had less than 12 months to live.
But United fan Damien received a chance to meet his 'hero' Sir Alex on February 11, while the Scotsman was attending other business at the hospital.
A very close friend of mine currently in hospital battling terminal cancer gets a visit from his biggest hero Sir Alex Ferguson. This will be such a boost to him and a lovely gesture from the @ManUtd legend in his final days. Damien is a huge Utd fan and really deserved this :cry: pic.twitter.com/ZnMLp7IJ0M
- Callum Drew Craven (@Crave_Dog) February 11, 2020
Per Manchester Evening News, Damien's wife Samantha explained that friends had heard Sir Alex was in the hospital and they decided to track him down.
"They just waited outside his room, for about an hour and a half. When he came out, they just told him the situation.
"Fergie said, 'where is he?' and he came straight away to Damien's room."
She continued: "Damien's reaction was just unbelievable. His brother had brought him a United top from 1999, the year they won the Treble, that morning.
"It's just such a coincidence that he put it on that morning."
Fergie sat with Damien and his family and friends during the visit and chatted during his stay.
Damien also told the 78-year-old 'he was gutted when he [Ferguson] gave up the manager's job' in 2013.
The veteran boss hugged Damien and told him to 'stay strong' as he left before saluting him.
"He actually said he's at peace now. He would describe him as his hero.
"He was dead upset when he was leaving. He looks up to him."
Per The Manc, Samantha took to Facebook following the visit and recounted the events.
A moment of joy in such an awful & sad situation :heart:- Ashley stephenson (@ashstepho) February 11, 2020
"Sir Alex Ferguson was already a legend in our eyes but what he's done tonight will stay with us forever," she stated.
"To be in the hospital with his own personal matters and take time out to come and spend a moment with Damien is the sign of a very special man.
"The PLC might have taken his season ticket off him but the real heart and soul of the club knows how to look after it's fans."
Featured Image Credit: Samantha Nixon