After undergoing a life-changing operation, 16-year-old Amari Hall couldn’t wait to bust a move.
The Maryland teenager has a passion for dancing, but he was born with a congenital heart defect that ultimately kept him from doing what he loves most. Hall was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or HLHS, and by the time he was 14, he no longer had the energy to dance.
After months of waiting, Hall finally received a new heart at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore last month.
Just days after his fifth surgery, the brave teen celebrated by dancing in his hospital bed. Hall’s energy was infectious as he clapped his hands and shook his shoulders while still wearing a hospital gown. The doctors and nurses tending to Hall soon joined in.
Hall’s aunt, Charawn Hunter, posted a video of the heartwarming moment to Facebook and the footage has gone viral.
Hunter said her nephew’s positive attitude, despite everything he’s been through, is inspiring.
“Since he was born, he has endured so much but continues to keep a positive attitude and make everyone around him laugh. He encouraged the nurses to pray for him and he would pray for others, Hunter said in a recent statement to Save the Heartbeat, a non-profit organization that benefits those who are affected by congenital heart disease.
“My nephew is my hero, he has managed to bring our close knit family even closer during this time,” Hunter continued. ” I think that Amari will inspire countless individuals because of all that he’s had to go through.”