A star is born: 11-year-old’s inspiring song for COVID-19 healthcare workers

Matthew Dino with his mum Sheila, a Westmead Hospital nurse.

In a hope-filled new song, an 11-year-school student has paid tribute to health heroes who have been battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inspired by his parents, who are both nurses at Westmead Hospital, the song ‘Superheroes in Disguise’ was written and composed by Year 5 student Matthew Dino.

Matthew, from Kellyville Ridge in NSW, said talking to his parents and writing the song made him realise how much healthcare staff and frontline workers do for the community.

“They have all sacrificed so much to help us stay safe and to help us battle this virus,” Matthew said.

“This song has had a very positive impact on me because whenever I look at my parents, I know they are heroes.”

His mother Sheila said music helped Matthew cope with the difficult situation this year.

“Matthew’s dad is working with COVID-19 patients in the Westmead Hospital intensive care unit, and at the beginning of the pandemic, Matthew didn’t quite understand the severity of what that meant,” Shelia said.

“This situation is scary for anyone, especially when we didn’t know much about the virus and how quickly it spread.

“For an 11-year-old boy who has both parents working on the frontline, his whole world changed.”

Matthew originally wrote the song as a school project, then re-recorded it in the multimedia studio at Westmead Hospital.

Having been signing most his life, Matthew said he aspires to be a professional artist and follow in the footsteps of his music idol Bruno Mars.

“I just love performing,” Matthew said.

“Mum Shelia and Gemmel dad would always listen to music, so I have always been surrounded by it.”

Shelia and her partner Gemmel could not be prouder of Matthew.

“He is so clever, and we just want to hear the song over and over again because we love it so much,” Shelia said.

“What we are experiencing right now will never be forgotten.

“Matthew’s first composition is about this important part of history, and it will be something we will treasure forever. Nothing is stopping him.”

The talented youngster was compared to Justin Bieber by 7 News presenter Samantha Brett at the 2020 WSLHD Quality Awards.

Eight months ago staff at Westmead Hospital cared for the very first COVID-19 patient in Australia.

In the months since, Western Sydney Local Health District has upskilled thousands of staff, boosted intensive care capacity, contributed to the state, national and international response, tested more than 230,000 people in pop-up clinics across the district, and provided the very best hospital and community-based care to over 500 coronavirus patients.

The efforts of all staff have been remarkable and they are all heroes in our eyes.

Lyrics:  

Like a thunderbolt,           

Like a flash in the sky,

You were sent to us,

To help save our lives.

I believe in you,

You’re a hero I see,

In a blink of an eye,

You work magic to me.

What can you find,

Deep in your soul

What is your true power inside,

What can you find

Deep in your heart

Breathe it in,

Feel what is right

You can find it if you try,

You can battle with all your might,

You deserve it

Just believe you’re a superhero

Super Human in disguise,

You’re a hero in our eyes

You’re not alone,

Just believe you’re a superhero.

The virus is infiltrating through our cities and none of us are ready for this battle, But you rise up in all your glory, Showing us your courage and your strength and your heart, Now you’re changing up the story

Brothers and sisters you’re saving the planet, You’re saving our lives and we need you more than ever, Cause you’re the hero in the story.

What can you find,

Deep in your soul

What is your true power inside,

What can you find

Deep in your heart

Breathe it in,

Feel what is right

You can find it if you try,

You can battle with all your might,

You deserve it

Just believe you’re a superhero

Super Human in disguise,

You’re a hero in our eyes

You’re not alone,

Just believe you’re a superhero.

You don’t need a cape,

You hide behind your scrubs,

Keep saving the planet, with your team,

Until the world is out of quarantine.