From life support and near death to making history on America’s Got Talent and beyond. Angelica Hale’s story is one of of tragedy, and the love of a mother who saved her life. It’s a story of hope and faith, of courage and perseverance.
After all she’s been through, Angelica continues to inspire millions – with her amazing confidence and tenacity, her charm and her caring, her amazing smile and vivacious personality.
This is the multi-part continuing story that is Angelica Hale.
When she was just 4 years old Angelica was on life support for 12 days. The pneumonia in both lungs had turned into septic shock which ravaged Angelica’s internal organs. Her body was shutting down.
When she recovered enough to be removed from life support, Angelica remained in the hospital for nearly 3 months (80 days). For much of that time, “we didn’t know if I was even going to make it.”
And it’s hard to even imagine how difficult that time must have been for Angelica’s parents. All they could do at that point is watch, hope, and pray.
As Angelica and her Father, James Hale, say “thank God for all the incredible doctors and nurses at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta”, CHOA. As a member hospital of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Angelica gives back by performing at their events across the US and Canada.
Angelica has talked about how “music helped me so much” to get through those dark days. Catch a glimpse of it in this video below.
Angelica’s Mother Saves Her Life!
When Angelica finally did get out of the hospital after nearly 3 months, her kidneys had failed and they did not come back. She had to go on dialysis – what that meant to Angelica is that she had to be hooked up to a machine for 10 hours every day in order to survive.
This went on for a year and a half. Add to that the constant threat that she might not survive. Angelica’s dad describes this time as a type of prison.
Then, “when I was 6 years old, on Sept 13, 2013, I got a kidney transplant from my mother.”
And just like that, Angelica wasn’t sick anymore. She feels like it not only saved her life, but it gave her back her life.
“After almost 2 years of being sick, I felt free for the first time I can remember. I could do the things normal people do.”
Life After Receiving a New Kidney
After the surgery Angelica determined that she was going to make every day count. She determined to make her dreams of becoming a singer come true. Her motto became, “treat each day like it’s the last day of your life.” And for Angelica this is not just a slogan or cliche. It’s how she lives her life.
One month after her surgery, Angelica sang for a crowd of hundreds at an event for Make-A-Wish Georgia.
Angelica’s First Television Interview
One month after that performance Angelica had her first television interview – at just 6 years old!
One of the largest news stations in Atlanta actually came to her house with cameramen, lights, everything to interview Angelica.
Like every 6 year old little girl at the time, Angelica loved the movie Frozen. And she loved to sing the songs from the movie.
So, on June 21, 2014 Angelica sang the song “Let It Go” at a show put on by the Broadway Dreams Foundation in Atlanta.
Three days later, Angelica received a personal video on Facebook from the producer of Frozen!
As you can see in the video, Chris Buck, producer of the movie Frozen, tells Angelica that he saw her performance of “Let It Go” and he thought it was amazing. (Don’t forget to click the volume button to hear)
How awesome to be noticed and praised by a Disney producer at just 6 years old!
Want to know what Angelica is doing with Disney now?
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See Angelica’s Pre-AGT performances from age 5 to 7.