Coldplay singer Chris Martin visits Chicago teen battling illness

CHICAGO (WABC) -- Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin made a detour Saturday afternoon to visit a 17-year-old Chicago teenager who has been battling a serious illness.

Martin, who was en route to Cleveland for a tour stop, stopped by the Lou Malnati's Pizzeria near Midway International Airport on the Southwest Side.

He wanted to meet Heidi Hernandez, who was gifted with club seats for Coldplay's concert Thursday at Soldier Field in Chicago by Chance the Rapper.

Hernandez's boss at Lou Malnati's reached out to the Chicago rapper and was able to secure the tickets.

Hernandez gave Martin a long hug when he arrived at the restaurant. The two spoke and took selfies at the restaurant.
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Coldplay's Chris Martin visited Heidi Hernandez, 17, at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria on Southwest Side, where she works.

Before leaving, Martin invited Hernandez, her boyfriend and the restaurant manager to fly to Seattle to see the band's September 23rd show and sit in the front row.

He also got Hernandez tickets to Saturday night's Bruno Mars concert at the United Center.

Hernandez was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis at age 3. She received a liver transplant from a donor at the age of 9, but unfortunately the disease came back with the new liver.

Heidi was also recently diagnosed with hepatitis autoimmune and is showing signs of liver failure again.

Doctors say she needs a second liver and she encourages people to be organ donors.

"I got into a really bad depression where I wouldn't even be able to go to school. And I just started listening to [Coldplay's] music and it made me feel a lot better," she said.

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