One year after he underwent a successful heart transplant, Salvador Sobral has shared a moving video in which he thanks his donor, his family and all of his fans for their role in his “rebirth”.
Sitting at the piano, the “Amar pelos dois” singer stares straight into the camera and speaks from the heart.
“Hello! Today is the 8th of December and it’s been one year since my rebirth. It was an incredible year. I had a scarily quick recovery. We are now playing everywhere. I can already play football.”
“I wanted to use this video to publicly celebrate this year with you. I’ll only do it this year but I think it’s worth celebrating together because you gave me a lot of support.”
“Many letters, many books, many prayers. People prayed a lot for me. And I wanted to give you my heartfelt thanks. I would like to say thank you to the person who gave me this heart, the person who put it in me, the people who cared for me in pre- and post-op, all the nurses, they are our national heroes, the assistants, the doctors, everyone.”
“Even those of you who have always cherished me, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. A year has already passed, and I feel very well and I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve been given. Thank you very much. I am now going to play a song to celebrate this first year of vitality.”
Salvador then performs his take on the Stevie Wonder classic “Overjoyed”, which has more recently been re-interpreted by the American bass guitarist and record producer Victor Wooten.
The lyrics convey Salvador’s appreciation for his life and his gratitude at having survived an incredibly trying ordeal.
“And though you don’t believe that they do, they do come true,” he sings. “For did my dreams come true when I looked at you, and maybe too, if you would believe, you too might be overjoyed…”
We are sending love and gratitude right back to Salvador. Here’s wishing you many more celebrations in the years ahead!