Her name was Kirsty Howard and she met David Beckham in 2002, when she became his lucky charm. She was the girl who was born with hart turned back-to-front, being second child ever born with this condition.
When she was only 4 doctors said that she won’t live more than few weeks, but she surprised them all staying alive to celebrate her 20th birthday. She died this Saturday.
Kirsty and David launched 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and together they raised millions of pounds for Manchester’s Francis House Children’s Hospice. She was awarded for her work and determination with BBC’s Helen Rollason Award in 2004 and she even met the Queen of England. She also received Child of Courage and Pride Of Britain award.
She was truly unique person and David wrote tribute to her on his Instagram account publishing the photo of two of them with caption:
Words cannot describe how amazing this young lady has been over the years .. Kirsty has been defying doctors for many years and whilst doing that she has been raising millions of pounds for terminally ill children… I met Kirsty in 2002 when she became the nations and my good luck charm for the game against Greece , we also met the queen together in Manchester so you could say we have spent some amazing moments together over the years and it was an inspiration to meet such a brave young lady with so much drive for helping others.. My love and thoughts go to kirsty’s parents and sisters as this inspirational young lady will be missed … My heart and love goes to Kirsty for letting me be a small part of your world over the years.. Rest in peace ❤️❤️