Kobe Bryant Had Secret Visit with Terminally Ill 5-Year-Old Fan at an Arizona Hospital

One of Kobe Bryant's secret has been revealed by Kristen O’Connor Hecht, wife of a former Phoenix Suns director.

The death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on January 26, 2020, has shocked millions of people around the world.

In the wake of the tragedy, many are sharing their stories about the NBA star. One of those stories is being told by Kristen O’Connor Hecht.

Kirsten revealed that she later discovered that Kobe frequently visited sick children in secret.

NBA icon Kobe Bryant at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards/ Source: Getty Images

NBA icon Kobe Bryant at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards/ Source: Getty Images


Kristen revealed that a cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Arizona had asked her if she could ask her husband Tom to get in touch with Kobe Bryant and ask him to give one of his patients an autograph.

To her surprise, Kobe, who was to play for the Lakers against the Phoenix Suns that week came to the hospital in person to visit the boy.


Kobe went with Kristen to the hospital to visit the 5-year-old who was also named Kobe. Little Kobe suffered from a congenital heart condition and Kirsten sneaked big Kobe into the ICU.

Big Kobe and Little Kobe played basketball for almost an hour as the smiling medical staff watched. Kirsten revealed that she later discovered that Kobe frequently visited sick children in secret.

Moved by the little boy's plight, Kobe asked Kirsten if the family needed money for a transplant. If so, Kobe told her, he would "take care of it."

Kirsten explained that unfortunately, Little Kobe was to sick to withstand the physical stress of the transplant.

The athlete's compassion and empathy touched Kirsten, who became one of his greatest fans and was moved by his death to share her lovely story.

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant has been out of the public eye since the NBA icon and her 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a tragic chopper crash on January 26 that claimed the lives of 7 more people.

Vanessa immediately changed the status of her Instagram account to private and withdrew to focus on her surviving daughters and grieve.

On January 29, Vanessa issued a statement in which she thanked the millions of fans who have reached out to her family in the wake of the tragedy, revealing that she and Natalia, and Bianka are devastated. Little Capri, just seven months old is too young to be aware of the crushing loss her family has suffered.

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