Irish 'Swiftie' rushed to hospital and misses chance to see singer's final show
Paralysed Limerick teen (19) is hoping for the chance to meet her idol before she leaves Ireland
Published 01/07/2015 | 15:07
Taylor Swift's biggest Irish fan missed her eagerly-awaited chance to see the singer live at the 3Arena when she was rushed to hospital yesterday evening before the show.
Ashley McCarthy is paralysed from the waist down following a burst blood vessel in her spine last December and is confined to a wheelchair.
Her boyfriend, Aidan Long, bought her tickets for the ultimate show in the 1989 tour in Dublin, and the pair travelled from Limerick yesterday.
However, disaster struck hours before the show when Ashley was taken ill with migraines and vomiting.
She was rushed to the hospital where she was put on a drip and told she would not be able to attend the concert. She is due to be transferred back to Limerick today.
Her best friend, Martine Fitzgerald, told Independent.ie that McCarthy is "absolutely devastated" that she missed her chance to see Swift in concert.
"She's absolutely devastated.... she knows all of her songs, knows everything about Taylor".
"She's been a fan since the very beginning, when Taylor started".
Fitzgerald said that McCarty has been "very brave" since she was told she might not walk again last December.
"One day she woke up and couldn't walk... I don't know how I would cope, but she always has a smile on her face".
"She's a very brave girl and an amazing friend. She was there for me when I needed her".
"We're asking everyone to share our story in the hope that Taylor might see it and reach out to Ashley".
"We'd love them to meet but even a phone call or message would mean the world".