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Johnny Depp as "Captain Jack Sparrow"

Posted on 14/08/2017 10:30am

Monday, August 14, 2017, Vancouver, BC: Patients at BC Children’s Hospital were delighted by a visit today with one of the world’s most famous pirates, Captain Jack Sparrow. Hollywood actor Johnny Depp arrived at the hospital dressed dread to toe as his character from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise. The charismatic character charmed patients and their families alike, leaving smiles and laughter in his wake during his 5 1/2 hour visit.

“Captain Jack’s” ship arrived under a veil of secrecy and was met at the entrance by three very special guides Aidan Chin, Madison Kertcher and Logan Lay who, having all been patients at the hospital, gave the pirate the lay of the land.

Blowing into the playroom with his first mates at 3:30 pm (PST) “Captain Jack” brought his pirate playfulness to the children assembled for a Pirate Party. Depp then spent more than hours 5 1/2 hours meeting one-on-one with patients in the oncology, general pediatrics and neurology wards.

“Meeting Captain Jack was a dream come true for my daughter,” said Sarah Kertcher, mother of 7-year-old “First Mate” Madison. “He never broke character once and was so generous with his time. He was truly here for the kids and it brought tears to my eyes to see how special he made each one feel.”

Footage of Depp’s visit is available at

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Pamela Smith

Communications Specialist

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

604-875-2345 x 5547 /604-787-8872