Trying out for shows like “The Voice Kids” takes an incredible amount of courage and determination, especially when you have health problems.
Earlier this year, 12-year-old Chloe Dring took the stage for a blind audition. When she did, two things stuck out to the crowd: her incredible talent and her feeding tube.
When she auditioned, Chloe was being treated for gastroesophageal reflux disease. The condition left the young singer with painful ulcers along her esophagus, which kept her from being able to swallow or keep food down.
But as she sang “She Used To Be Mine” from “Waitress,” the judges didn’t have a clue that she was wearing a feeding tube. As far as we can tell, it didn’t affect her beautiful performance one bit, and she was quickly selected to compete in the season!
While Chloe makes it look easy, learning to sing with her feeding tube was extremely difficult. She essentially had to retrain herself, particularly when it came to reaching high notes. But her hard work paid off! As it turned out, the diaphragm and breathing exercises she did throughout the competition improved her physical condition!
In fact, they helped so much that she doesn’t have to rely on the feeding tube all the time anymore! Now, she just needs to relearn how to hold food down because her body got used to receiving nutrients through the tube.
This 12-year-old is such an inspiration to us. Not only did she fight hard to pursue her dream of singing, but she also did so while battling for her physical health! Keep being amazing, Chloe!
Watch her blind audition in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story with your friends!
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