At just 9 years old, this America’s Got Talent contestant’s story will capture your heart and soul.

This nine-year-old is already a worldwide inspiration to those who’ve been lucky enough to cross her path. Many have already seen Angelica‘s extraordinary performances this year on America’s got talent, which is now in season 12. Performances like the one this Filipino-American put on during week one of judge cuts is why the show is on the cusp of being the most viewed season in five years. Most people have taken notice of the singing sensation’s unmatched stage presence and her original, incomparable vocals, including the AGT judges and guest judge Chris Hardwick. However, many may not understand the true rollercoaster ride of life this little girl has been on.

The beginning

Angelica Hale most certainly has a unique perspective on life as she has faced trials and tribulations which started even before she made it to Kindergarten. At only four years old, she developed double pneumonia stemming from a bacterial infection in her lungs, resulting in the destruction of her kidneys and wreaking havoc on her body. “Her blood plasma was polluted, and her lungs were just ravaged,” Angelica’s dad said, according to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “It was Earth shattering. We were rocked.”

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