On behalf of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), I would like to congratulate Angelica Hale for her success on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Last night on the show’s finale, Angelica came in second place, but her inspiring transplant story has touched millions.
At the age of 5, Angelica lost kidney function after double pneumonia. To keep her spirits up, her parents enrolled her in singing lessons, which would later lead to her incredible voice and involvement with America’s Got Talent. During this time, her mother, Eva, found out that she was a match to be her daughter’s living donor and donated her kidney to Angelica.
The AST would like to thank Angelica and her family for their advocacy efforts and for raising awareness about transplantation and organ donation. Efforts like these are important to the growing success of the field and the overall mission of organ donation.
The AST has supported these efforts through our public facing initiative, Power2Save, which aims to raise awareness about transplantation and the need for further research.
Ronald Gill, PhD