Ovarian cancer patient Kia Lettice died in hospital last night just days after former NRL player Beau Ryan rushed to her bedside to see her.
The 22-year-old had asked to see Beau Ryan as her dying wish, and Ryan told The Sunday Telegraph that it was one of the most important things he's ever done.
Kia had been fighting cancer for eight months and passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family last night.
Her mum Patti shared the sad news on Facebook, writing, "It saddens me to announce that Kia Louise Lettice, my beautiful angel has passed. She passed peacefully in her sleep at Prince of Wales Hospital with loved ones around.”
Kia Lettice was told that she had just hours to live last Tuesday night, when her friend Mahalia Murphy sprung into action. As a big NRL fan, Kia had asked for Greg Inglis or Beau Ryan to come see her as her dying wish, and Mahalia knew how to make it happen.
Mahalia posted a public status to Facebook, reaching out to anyone who could make Kia's wish come true.
"URGENT REQUEST!!! Any assistance to boost my friend up?" she wrote. "She is currently in Prince of Wales hospital and has roughly 4hours to live as she's fighting cancer.
"She wants Greg Inglis or beau Ryan To come see her. If everyone can share this or get in contact for me this would be much appreciated."
Beau Ryan got in contact with Mahalia saying that he would be there in two hours.
He commented on Mahalia's post, "Leaving Shellharbour now! See you in two hours. Tell her to stay strong."
Kia's relative Jarrod told Daily Mail that the visit lifted her spirits and gave her strength.
"You were able to see it [her spirits lifting], her eyes opened up more, she was sitting up actually taking photos and smiling."
Our thoughts are with Kia's family during this difficult time.