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3-Year-Old Waiting For Heart Transplant Gets His Wish

Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 6:27 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 22 May 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA - A nearly three-year old boy in need of a new heart tells us his fondest wish is to meet his hip hop hero Chris Rene, who burst on the national scene after wowing audiences on Fox's X-factor.

FOX 29’s Bruce Gordon was at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where miracles sometimes happen.

Danny Stein's folks had broken the news the day before, so Rene's visit was not a total surprise.

Still, Danny seemed mesmerized when, in the midst of stuffed toys and medical gear, Rene broke out his guitar and offered the little guy a makeshift drum and began to play.

A one-time drug addict who was hauling trash when he was discovered on the X-Factor, Rene's story of redemption has resonated with millions of fans. But the smile that covered his face suggested he has not forgotten his humble beginnings.

Rene wrapped up his visit with a trip to CHOP's Ryan Seacrest-funded, in-house radio studio, where Danny shared his hero with other young patients.

But on this day, at least, Danny could forget about his troubles thanks to a young man who has overcome his own long odds.