On Tuesday, Johnny Depp and co-star Stephen Graham, who portrays pirate Scrum in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” took a break from filming to surprise kids at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.
The actors visited with youngsters and their families for more than three hours. The hospital released intriguing information and images from the visit.
“Two very renowned pirates paid a wonderful surprise visit to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital last night,” said the hospital staff on Facebook. “Both stars flew in from the Gold Coast for the visit, arriving in a helicopter on the hospital’s rooftop.”
Patients and family seemed to appreciate the presence of the legendary pirates, who shared stories about their stay. Kossy Halemai, whose daughter Lanais Malia was recovering from heart surgery in the hospital during Depp’s visit, said she was overjoyed.
“It was a beautiful occasion for me and my family to meet and chat with Johnny Depp and put a smile on everyone’s faces, especially my daughter,” Halemai told CBS News. “She’s doing great, and seeing her smile made me emotional and pleased.” The Halemai family, along with scores of others, had no idea the actors were coming.
“It was a complete surprise for all of us,” Halemai explained. Another lucky patient who met the actor was Bella Harry, a 12-year-old with osteosarcoma. According to the Benefit4Bella Facebook group, a fundraising effort for the young girl, Depp spent 15 minutes sitting and conversing with her.
‘Little did Bella realize that, in the midst of all the excitement, Captain Sparrow would sit and converse with her one on one for 15 minutes,’ the fundraising group said, with numerous images.
“A wonderful man who brightens the day of so many children.” The well-known pirate even shared part of his loot with the audience, handing out gold coins to patients.
Regardless of the prize, the youngsters appeared to cherish Depp’s companionship more than the gold “money.” As the Captain,