She had to battle a life-threatening infection at the age of four, needing a kidney transplant to survive. Thankfully, her mother, Eva, was a match and donated hers to save her daughter.
Several years on, Angelica Hale sure is making the most out of the life her mom gave her as she could become the first ever Filipino-American winner of "America's Got Talent," in addition to the honor of being the youngest to take home the title.
Ahead of the talent show's finale Thursday morning (Manila time), here's a look back at her journey so far, starting with her audition that made Simon Cowell stand up and declare that she is a "star in the future." (Scroll right through to see more)
Hale, who was still nine-years-old at the time, said that she wanted to follow the footsteps of Whitney Houston before singing. And she backed up her sky-high aspirations as she belted out Andra Day's "Rise Up" to a rousing reception.
For a place in the live shows, Hale, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, decided to perform Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire," a song all too fitting from the moment she belted out the R&B hit.
In awe that such a big voice can come out from such a tiny body, guest judge Chris Hardwick described Hale as the "chosen one" before sending her straight to the next round by pressing his golden buzzer.
And if you thought Hale couldn't possibly top her golden-buzzer performance, the pixie sweet singer went on to bring one of the show's judges to tears with her rendition of Zedd's "Clarity."
"What an amazing song you've chosen," Mel B told Hale, praising the Pinay for the way she interpreted the song, before jokingly adding as she wiped away her tears: "I'm not going to cry."
With her shot in the title on the line, and the competition growing ever more fierce, Hale knew that she had to be bolder. She needed something that will once again blow away the judges, who were, at that point, already used to the quality she can bring to the table.
What did she do then? Hale stepped onstage and turned a club banger designed to make people dance like David Guetta's "Without You" into a powerful, moving ballad that had the audience screaming silly in support midway.
Hale has a knack for crafting a stunning, orchestral ballad out of an EDM hit. This time around, she could be seen giving it everything she got as she belted out her grand-sounding cover of Clean Bandits' "Symphony," sneaking in a showstopping whistle note near the end.
Whether that's enough to earn her the title, only time will tell.