To fulfil the wish of a dying admirer, Johnny Depp has returned to the role of the iconic pirate Captain Jack Sparrow.
The 59-year-old movie actor has struggled in recent years as a result of claims regarding his personal life, but he has been supported by millions of his devoted followers.
One such supporter is 11-year-old Kori, an avid fan of Pirates of the Caribbean who regrettably had two heart transplants that were unsuccessful.
He and his family do not know how long he has to live because he chose not to endure the anguish of a third.
One of Kori’s last dreams was to speak with his hero Captain Jack, and Depp did not let him down.
Recently, Kori launched the Kraken the Box YouTube channel, which already has approximately 190,000 subscribers, including Depp.
He went back in time, adopted the persona of Captain Jack, and made a special recording for Kori.
He said: “I wish you the best of luck.
“I am your number one fan, Captain Kori.
“All the respect and love, mate.”
In addition, Depp stated that he is urging his friends to do what Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has already done and subscribe to Kori’s YouTube channel.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation-organized message, according to Kori’s mother Pixi, was “wonderful” and provided the family with a ray of hope during a dreadfully sad period.
She said that despite receiving a replacement heart in 2018, Kori, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, had his body reject it.
The normal blood flow through the heart is hampered by the congenital abnormality known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).
The left half of the heart does not properly form while the foetus grows during pregnancy.
In January of last year, he underwent a second operation, but after the “traumatic and agonising” process, his body rejected the new organ once more.
She told the BBC: “He has always stated if he ever needed another transplant, it is something he would never go through again so the second they told me the news, I knew this was only ever going to go one way.
“There is no cure now.
“The first transplant wasn’t easy but it went quite well. The second one was extremely traumatic for him.
“It was extremely painful and drawn-out and he had to learn to walk and talk [again].
“He said he would much rather pass away than have to go through anything like that ever, ever again.
“It wasn’t just his decision, it was with the medical team as well, and it wasn’t taken lightly, but he has had a big part in this decision and he understands what is going to happen.”
They are preparing for what they anticipate to be Kori’s final Christmas while she is currently receiving palliative care.
Pixi said: “Every meal we make him, we don’t know if it will be his last. Every time we tuck him up in bed it could be the last time.
“It’s devastating. I’ve sobbed, I have prayed, I got angry thinking what was the point of Kori going through all of this just to pass away.
“He is very positive and we are making the most of the time we have left.”