Sunday, June 23, 2024

A Day to Remember : Michael Jackson’s Hospital Visit

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I just love the story behind this lovely photo. The girl in the photo is named Angela, and it was taken in 1987.

This is her mother’s recounting of the day:

My daughter, Angela, was in hospital with head injuries after being hit by a car. One day we were told by the nurses that Michael Jackson was coming to visit. We had to keep it a secret, so the hospital wasn’t overwhelmed with fans. There was a big flurry, as his assistants handed out T-shirts and signed copies of his Bad album to everyone on the ward.

Then he just walked around and talked to the patients.I said hello. He said he was pleased to meet me. I was gobsmacked. He was very gentle and seemed shy. I got the sense he had a deep love for children, especially those who’d been hurt.Then he crouched down and said “Hello, Angela.”

She couldn’t talk, because she’d just come out of a coma, but she started smiling. After that day, she started to get better. I think of him as an inspiration. We’d been having a terrible time – Angela was in hospital and I’d been ringing Lifeline to keep myself together, but he was a total inspiration for the whole ward. I thought, Thank God for sending him.

He just had a presence about him – this great empathy with people who needed to get better. Now, Angela is 25, at university and full of life. There was another boy on the ward who was about 15 and was a huge fan. After Michael’s visit, he started getting better too. His mom thought it was a miracle. I believe many of the children got better after meeting him. I think people should know about this side of Michael. I’ve never believed he was anything but a good person.

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    • Well done Lusaka Times , we need civility ,respect and decorum here instead of KZ’s diarrhea . Ban him henceforth .

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