SA doctors overjoyed as ex-patient performs on America's Got Talent

2017-06-20 10:00


Kechi Okwuchi (Screengrab: Youtube/America's Got Talent)

Johannesburg – A team of specialists at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg were overjoyed after seeing a much-loved ex-patient on the US reality TV show America’s Got Talent

Kechi Okwuchi blew AGT judges away when she audtioned for the new season of the show. The singer was a patient at Netcare Milpark Hospital 12 years ago after she survived a plane crash in Nigeria, sustaining burns to 65% of her body. 

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr Hugo Nel says the staff at the South African hospital remember the courages Kechi very well. “Kechi was a 16 year old schoolgirl when she arrived at Netcare Milpark Hospital on a mercy flight the day after the plane crash, with 65% burns to her body. She was in critical condition. Even her eyelids were burnt shut and she later needed extensive reconstructive surgery,” the press statement reads. 

He adds: “It was just incredible to hear her sing and to see how far she has come since we last saw her. Many of our patients go on to rebuild their lives and that is a wonderful thing for us to see. The video of Kechi singing so beautifully will stay with me forever.” 

According to the medical team, music is alive at the hospital where the nurses “sing for the patients every morning.” 

Watch Kechi’s audition for America’s Got Talent here: