Elvis meets the King of Blacktown Hospital
12 Apr 2017
Blacktown Hospital's rocking, jiving dementia patient - and internet sensation - John "Sean" O'Malley got the shock of his life this week when he came face-to-face with his musical idol - Elvis.
Steve King, a popular Sydney-based Elvis impersonator, popped into Blacktown Hospital on Monday to surprise Sean with a personal serenade before handing him a pair of Elvis glasses so they could perform a few numbers together.
Steve was touched by Sean's love of Elvis, after seeing him in the now-viral video, produced by WSLHD's multimedia team, of Sean rocking out to Elvis tunes as part of the hospital's Music and Memory program.
"I lost my own mother to dementia so I know how important music can be for dementia patients," Steve said.
"I often perform at nursing homes for people with dementia who may not remember their name or their family members but as soon as Elvis comes on, they're singing along, smiling and laughing; it's truly wonderful."
The video of Sean, along with his daughter Trish and Blacktown Hospital dementia ward staff, has now been seen my millions of people worldwide.
It was shared on social media by Viral Thread - an online video service with 12 million followers - and the New York Post.
The video was also picked up by the Huffington Post UK, the Telegraph UK, several news sites in Canada, Sweden and Germany, along with Australian news programs including the Daily Mail and 7 News.
Sean's daughter Trish and Blacktown Hospital dementia nurse Katie Conciatore were also invited to appear on Channel 9's The Today Show to talk about Sean and the Music and Memory program.
A huge thanks to Steve, for offering his services free of charge for the day, and the wonderful Blacktown Hospital dementia ward staff - everyone enjoyed an afternoon of Elvis hits!