Young One Direction fan with rare sleep condition gets once in a lifetime chance to see the band – then nods off at the concert and misses the whole thing
A seven-year-old One Direction superfan with a rare sleep disorder got a dream ticket to see them live – then nodded off at the venue and missed the whole show.
Little Lacey Yorston had waited more than a year to see her idols but due to a mystery sleep condition she dozed off just they took to the stage.
The youngster, who desperately tried to stay Up All Night, slept for 15 hours straight and now has no memories of her favourite chart toppers.
Lacey’s mum, Ashley Yorston, who went to Metro Radio Arena on Sunday night with her daughter, said: “I am totally gutted for her, she got the tickets for her sixth birthday the year before and she’d been so looking forward to it.
“But she was just too tired to stay awake, every few weeks she’s going into these massive sleeps and nothing wakes her, even the music didn’t when the concert started.
“People were looking and must have thought ‘What on earth’s going on’. I was hoping she’d wake up at some point but she didn’t, she missed it all and didn’t even wake up in the taxi on the way home.”
Lacey, of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, has had trouble sleeping since May and is awake most nights during the early hours.
She doesn’t fall into a deep sleep until 5am which means it’s a struggle for her to get up in the mornings and attend school.
Lacey is under the care of doctors at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and is due to be attending the hospital for a sleep study.
Mrs Yorston, 29, who is married to Greg, said: “They think she might have a type of sleep apnoea and this is being caused by lack of oxygen. If that’s the case then she’ll have to wear an oxygen mask to bed.
“But were hoping to find out more after the sleep study. It’s so hard for her, some nights she’s hardly getting any sleep. Shell finally nod off at Sam and then its time to get up for school, and she’s shattered.
“Last week, I had to take my youngest son out of his pram and put Lacey in it just to get her there as she loves school.”
When Lacey woke up at about 10am yesterday morning, her mum had to break the bad news that shed missed the entire concert.
Mrs Yorston added: “She still had her little face painted form the night before, and all she said was “I fell asleep didn’t I?’
“She was devastated, she loves Nial and was dying to see him on stage.”
However, little Lacey will be able to see the concert all Over Again – thanks to the Shields Gazette who fixed her to see One Direction during their final concert at Metro Radio Arena tonight.
Mum Ashley said: “Thank you so much, I now have a very, very, happy little girl.”