CALGARY -- A four-year-old Alberta girl recovering from E. coli infection might be feeling better now that her community came together to score her tickets to Justin Bieber’s upcoming Calgary show.
Sarah Demoskoff, of Langdon, Alta., was in hospital for 24 days after suffering kidney failure linked to the bacteria.
It's not known if her case is connected to the outbreak stemming from the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta., but she did eat beef products now on the long list of products recalled in Canada and the U.S.
After her mom Cheryl Walsh put out a request to buy tickets to next Friday's concert for her girl, who found Bieber's music and videos helped distract her from hospital treatments, the Langdon community rallied to track down a pair.
Offers and donations poured in, and on Friday the Virgin Radio morning show surprised Walsh and her daughter with two tickets.
"She is totally excited," Walsh said. "Even coming home today she said, 'Can we go see him right now?'"
"It's amazing what she's been through. And to me, it's so overwhelming that you know people are good, and when it really gets proven it's quite an amazing feeling."
Sarah, who had her last surgery Sunday, still has to be monitored for her blood and kidney function but is glad to be home.
Virgin Radio Alberta Operations Manager Chad Martin said Demoskoff's story of bravery ties in well with a morning show contest called Be Brave for Bieber that challenges listeners to complete stunts to win tickets.
"All these people have been doing all these amazing stunts and brave things, but there's nobody braver than that little girl, that's for sure," he said.
And though not yet set in stone, she may even get a chance to meet the Biebs himself.
"We're talking to the record label and seeing what we can do about hopefully setting up a meet-and-greet," Martin said.
"We're going to do everything we can to see if we can make that happen."
Langdon mom Trudy Hale doesn't know the family but rallied for donations on behalf of the girl.
"After all that she has been through, I think she really deserves something fun," she said.