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Nicolas Cage visits critically ill Sophia Myers at Mobile hospital

Actor Nicholas Cage visited Sophia Myers and other children at USA Children's & Women's Hospital in Mobile on August 30, 2017. Sophia is battling DIPG, a rare brain tumor.
Actor Nicholas Cage visited Sophia Myers and other children at USA Children's & Women's Hospital in Mobile on August 30, 2017. Sophia is battling DIPG, a rare brain tumor. USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital/Facebook

Nicolas Cage stopped by the pediatric intensive care Wednesday at USA Children's & Women's Hospital, leaning over little Sophia Meyers' bed as her devastated parents looked on.

The Mobile hospital said on its Facebook page that Cage was in town for filming of a new movie and surprised the hospital’s staff and patients Wednesday afternoon.

Seven-year-old Sophia is suffering from diffuse intrinsic potine glioma, a terminal tumor that forms in the brain stem and spreads like sand.

She enjoyed some time with her family in Florida over the weekend, but she then grew sick.

On the way home to Ocean Springs, parents Angel and Josh Myers stopped at the Mobile hospital to have her checked and she was admitted.

They are hoping to get her back home to her family and dogs, Governor (pronounced Guv-nah) and Princess.

Angel Myers shared photos of Sophia's visit from Cage on her Facebook page, where not only friends but members of the DIPG community worldwide are following and sharing Sophia's story.

Only 300 to 400 children in the United States are stricken with DIPG each year.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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