Taylor Swift spent several hours visiting the pediatric center at a New York City hospital over the weekend, and the cameras were rolling when she surprised a 17-year-old girl suffering from cancer.
Shelby Huff was Skype-ing with her sister at NYC’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on Saturday when the “Red” singer popped in for hang session. Huff’s family videotaped the visit, which saw Swift and the teen talking about guitars and movies, as well as her illness. In late 2012, Huff was diagnosed with very severe aplastic anemia, a disease of the bone marrow. Last year she developed post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease, a form of lymphoma.
“I’m sorry you’re having to go through this at 17,” Swift told her after hearing the circumstances of Huff’s hospitalization. The teen responded that she preferred herself being sick rather than a baby. “That’s probably the most courageous thing I’ve ever heard someone say,” Swift responded. “Does she say that a lot?” she asked Huff’s mom. “That’s amazing.” Watch the exchange:
Huff’s family posted photos from the visit on Facebook and called Swift a “class act.” The singer spent about 20 minutes with Huff and a total of about 4.5 hours at the hospital — even though she was only supposed to be there an hour. “Thank you Taylor, you are a beautiful woman inside and out!!”