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Taylor Swift video-chats with young cancer patient

Taylor Swift helped make a young cancer patient's final wish come true by video-chatting with the fan on Monday night (02Mar15).

The Shake It Off hitmaker has been known to make her fans' wishes come true with surprise visits and unexpected presents, but for four-year-old Jalene Salinas, her ultimate hope was to dance with Swift.

The San Antonio, Texas resident was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last April (14), and after she and her family were given the devastating news, Jalene and her mother Jennifer Arriagas put together a bucket list of things to do before the disease took over.

One of the items Jalene had yet to tick off was dancing with her baby brother Josh and Swift to her hit Shake It Off.

A social media campaign to get Swift's attention was started, and thanks to fans from around the world, the pop star finally took note while in London and promised to surprise Jalene via video-calling app FaceTime as soon as she got back to the U.S.

The youngster's health took a turn for the worse at the weekend (28Feb15-01Mar15), and left her too ill to dance with Swift on Monday.

However, the pair had a 20-minute conversation, and in video footage obtained by local news station KENS5, Swift tells Jalene, "You look beautiful tonight, you really do. You're just as pretty as your pictures... I'm so sorry you're having a bad night. I'm so happy to talk to you though and I'm so happy you like Shake It Off... Everyone in the car with me is crying right now."

Jalene was in too much pain to engage in much conversation with her idol, but her mother later took to her Facebook page to thank the singer for taking the time to call her daughter, writing, "You completed her wish list. We can check everything off and as her mom it just, it means the world to me that she got to do and see and everything is checked off now."

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