It was a big day for a pint-sized heavy metal fan at the Montreal Children’s Hospital who met one of his true heroes on Thursday.
Milan Rossignol, who turns three in August, is a patient in the hospital’s intensive care unit where he receives chemotherapy treatments for a rare type of cancer.
The toddler has been hospitalized and discharged since being first diagnosed with severe form of Langerhans cell histiocytosis at the age of one.
While Milan does not speak due to his illness, his love for American heavy metal band Metallica comes through loud and clear.
So much so that his doctors at the hospital launched a successful Twitter campaign requesting a virtual meeting with the group.
âYou can see her face light up every time their videos are played on the computer,â Dr. Sharon Abish, pediatric oncologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital told Global News earlier this week.
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The long-awaited meeting took place on Thursday afternoon, with drummer Lars Ulrich chatting with Milan and his parents, Yannick Rossignol and Catherine Perreault, as well as the Milan siblings.
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For the family, it was a dream come true.
âMilan gave a big smile when he realized that Lars [was speaking] to him, âsaid Rossignol. “To see him like that with a beautiful smile for us is very astonishing.”
Perreault wore a Metallica t-shirt featuring a drawing of Milan as a superhero on the back, but after saying everything and doing it, she admitted that she might have room for another hero in her life.
“He’s my new hero,” she said of Ulrich, adding that he had requested his own Milan T-shirt.
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After helping a dream come true, Rossignol hopes the hospital will continue to work miracles when it comes to Milan’s health.
âBecause the Montreal Children’s Hospital [made] a miracle for Milan and I think it’s possible [that] Milan [could] also have a miracle, âhe said.
As Milan faces a tough road, his family remain positive.
âWe are moving forward,â said Rossignol. âWe are not giving up,â added Perreault.
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