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Feel Good Story of the Day: Anderson Silva Surprises Fan in Hospital, Steals All the Emotions

Perhaps the greatest aspect of being a celebrity — you know, other than the money, women, coke parties, etc. — is the ability to profoundly impact a fan’s life with the simplest of gestures. Take UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, for instance, who recently surprised a twelve year-old Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and Silva megafan suffering from Epiphysiolysis (the loosening or separation, either partial or complete, of an epiphysis from the shaft of a bone) in a Brazilian hospital.

The fan’s name is Joao Pedro; he has been wheelchair bound for 9 months and has already undergone two surgeries in an attempt to combat his condition. Despite this, doctors are still unsure if he will ever walk again. However, after Joao found out that his doctor also catered to the likes of Silva and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (who probably financed the guy’s second and third houses over the years), Pedro requested an autograph from the pound-for-pound great. Being the stand up guy that Anderson is, he decided to step it up a notch and show up in person with an armful of autographed gifts for the little dude.

The heartwarming video and transcription are below.

Here’s a transcription of what Andy said to Joao (via MMAMania):

What’s up, brother? Don’t cry, come here and give me a hug. Don’t cry, is everything fine? You want to get well soon! Give me a hug, give me a hug, a really strong one. Let’s get well, let’s get well. Let’s take a picture. Look what I brought for you, signed glove, this is for you. Look, let me tell you something. You’re going to have to do something really important for all of us. Give all you got. Give 100 percent effort so you can get well really quick because Minotauro also had the same problem and he’s fighting again, you know what I mean? So you got to give it all you got, ok? I talked to the doctor to talk to Dr. Angela, who was taking care of Minotauro, so she can help you out also so you can go back to training as soon as possible, okay? 

I’m the one thankful for being here. Let’s get well. No crying, be happy. Let’s get well so we can train. Do you promise me that? That’s a deal. Let’s roll when you get well … but don’t choke the old man.

Word has it that once the camera turned off, Silva and Pedro spent the next half hour one-upping each other with “Chael Sonnen’s momma” jokes. A happy ending indeed.

-J. Jones

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dgsxdkrs- April 4, 2013 at 9:47 am
my co-worker's step-sister makes $86/hour on the computer. She has been without work for seven months but last month her income was $17010 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here's the site to read more
Kimbos Bread- April 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm
I watched it while I was cutting onions. Just in case.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm
I'm not going to watch this shit. I have no desire to question the emptiness of my hollow soul.

Feels guy looks like Mr. Grinch gloating over shitting on Xmas.
Alan K- April 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm
What is Anderson talking about? The kid can roll with him right now. He's in a wheelchair.

Welp, I feel horrible. Time to go reserve my seat in Hell. Later guys.
CrackMasterVanSnap- April 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm
I come to this site to laugh at the articles and other people's stupid comments. Not cry like a HUGE bitch. Damn you!
TheCrooner- April 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm
I just watched this on lunch and fucking teared up
SquidInk- April 3, 2013 at 11:03 am
The vid is great, and I'm not even an AS fan.

The "so many feels" animated GIF, on the other hand, is annoying as fuck.
cman- April 3, 2013 at 10:57 am
Brian Trottier visited me in the hospital when I was 9, autographed some crap and invited me to practice with the 81 islanders when I got better. Made me a fan for life even when he coached the fucking rangers. This is what athletes should do, not make 'the decision' specials.
The12ozCurls- April 3, 2013 at 10:44 am
Damn you JJ!

I just wanted to believe Silva was an arrogant prick (like Ed Soares) without a good bone in his body. Well, thanks for shattering my negative perception. See, JJ, you can change lives too. Now get back to "head explosion" .gifs and making fun of dub-step so we can depart from Bizarro World.
Pen Fifteen- April 3, 2013 at 10:39 am
I thought by "happy ending" you meant that Anderson gave the kid a handy to make feel better.
Onan- April 3, 2013 at 10:33 am
Good to see stories like this. That kid's reaction touched me in that place that I thought had calloused over after exposure to all the cynics and haters around here.
dranokills- April 3, 2013 at 10:18 am
it's the kids reaction that gets ya. Ok ya dirty bastards you got me!
Fried Taco- April 3, 2013 at 10:03 am
Uh, I'm crying because of the "Around the Web" pictures of hot babes...
MMA Mafia- April 3, 2013 at 9:50 am
Who the fuck is chopping onions here?! Damn'it...don't look at me. I got dirt in my contact lenses you asshole.