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Usher Visits Children’s Hospital

February 22, 1999

DETROIT (AP) _ Bearing gifts and a song, Usher brought a smile to the face of an ailing 7-year-old girl.

The R&B sensation visited Detroit Children’s Hospital on Sunday and paid a special visit to Jasmine Rowe, who suffers from a congenital birth defect that causes fluid to build up in her brain.

``How ya doin’?″ he asked, sitting gently on her bed. ``Can I get a hug?″

Since birth, Jasmine has had more than 40 surgeries to relieve the pressure in her head that produce terrible headaches.

In addition to two roses, the Grammy Award-nominee gave Jasmine a T-shirt he personalized for her. Looking as though he might cry himself, he posed for photographs with Jasmine and her mother.

``These are the days that make you the person that you are,″ Usher said. ``Kids make the world go round.″

Usher current album, ``My Way,″ has sold more than 1 million copies. He’s also had roles in the movies ``The Faculty″ and ``She’s All That.″

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