On Wednesday night, one kidney transplant survivor from Atlanta gave the show of a lifetime as she sang the national anthem.
Angelica Hale says she was honored to represent Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at the 2017 Miss America Pageant by singing the national anthem.
"Thank you to the Miss America Organization, CMN and all the wonderful contestants at this year's pageant for making this all of this possible," Hale said.
Angelica is currently performing around the United States at local and national Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ fundraising events in support of the organization and the children in need that they help support.
In 2012, when Angelica was 4 years old, Angelica became very ill with double pneumonia due to an aggressive strep pneumococcal bacterial infection.
She desperately needed life-saving medical intervention and was put on ECMO life support at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Angelica went septic and experienced multiple organ failure. Her kidneys were devastated, and she underwent hemodialysis and later peritoneal dialysis.
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After 80 straight days in the hospital, Angelica finally made it home, but her life was forever changed.
After a year and a half of dialysis, Angelica was ready for the biggest surgery of her life – her kidney transplant.
The donor kidney would come from her mother.
On Sept. 13, 2013, Angelica and her mom underwent kidney transplantation surgery at two hospitals across the street from each other – Emory University Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The surgery was a success and Angelica got her life back.
"Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments!! I love reading them and I am so grateful for all the love and support!" Angelica said.
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