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Thursday 23 November 2017

'Conor hugged and kissed Faith and she was just left speechless'

Conor McGregor with Faith and her parents, Conor and Leanne
Conor McGregor with Faith and her parents, Conor and Leanne

A young Dublin girl who is recovering in hospital after a serious operation was left "speechless" after UFC champion Conor McGregor dropped in for a visit.

The 28-year-old took time out of his training schedule to call by Crumlin's Children's Hospital on Saturday to visit patients and their families.

Patients that were allowed to leave their beds were able to go and meet the superstar and pose with him for pictures, while the kids that were unable to leave their wards were sent 'get well soon' videos by the two-weight world champion.

However, Conor Reid, father of seven-year-old Faith Reid, who is in hospital recovering from an emergency operation to get her appendix removed, asked McGregor if he would be willing to go and visit his daughter after she was unable to leave her bed following a dose of morphine.

McGregor insisted that the matter was non-negotiable to reluctant hospital staff.

Mr Reid told how Faith was not allowed leave the ward to meet McGregor.

"So I went down and got a 'get well soon' video off him and then when he was on his way out of the room, there was also another three of four people that couldn't go meet him because they couldn't leave the ward.

"I said to him: 'Conor can you do me a favour?' He said: 'Yeah no problem, what is it?'

"I asked him if he'd come to the room to see Faith and he said he would.

"The woman told him 'no you can't go. You have to go to a different place'. He said he wanted to go down and see Faith and she said 'no you can't'. He said: 'Listen, I'm doing it!'

Weary

"So he came in and gave her a big hug and a kiss. She was on about 25ml of morphine every hour, so she was a little bit weary but when he gave her a hug she couldn't get over it really, she was speechless."

Mr Reid had met McGregor a year earlier when he had taken a photo with him following his marriage to his partner Leanne. He said McGregor remembered and wished them well.

He said McGregor had really lifted the spirits of patients and their families, making everyone feel comfortable.

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