ATLANTA, Ga. (WKRN) – Country trio Lady Antebellum granted a 3-year-old heart transplant survivor’s wish to sing onstage with them last weekend at their Atlanta, Georgia, show.
Mallory Kate Hall of Georgia was just 10 days old when a virus attacked her heart, ABC News reported.
The virus left her heart in a weakened and enlarged state and required her to undergo a transplant last December.
Mallory Kate’s family said as they coped with their little girl’s illness and recovery they all felt a special connection the lyrics of Lady A’s song “Compass.”
The song, which has a line that repeats, “So let your heart, sweet heart… Be your compass when you’re lost.”
“It was kind of the first song that our kids knew the words to and sang,” mother Jessica Hall told ABC News. “Always in the hospital we listened to it, and that’s what Mallory always asked to hear.”
When the hospital that Mallory Kate received care at learned the little girl’s favorite group was coming to Atlanta for a show, they encouraged the family to make a video of her and her sister singing the group’s song.
With the help of local media, the video eventually made its way to the award-winning group’s team who asked Mallory Kate and her sister Madison to come sing on-stage with them.
“A local company arranged for a limousine to take us and we got to go to an acoustic show with about 100 people and a meet-and-greet with the band before the show,” Hall said. “Mallory walked right up to them and the first thing she said was, ‘Can I come up on the stage and sing with you?’ They said, ‘Yes,’” Hall told ABC News.
She continued, “It’s just amazing. People have just rallied behind her to get the transplant and then rallied behind her again to get this wish.”
In front of thousands of people, Mallory Kate and her big sister took to the Atlanta stage for nearly five minutes to sing their favorite song with Lady A, while country singer Hunter Hayes played guitar.
“Mallory said later she was scared of the microphone and wants to do it again because she won’t be scared,” Hall said.
The Georgia mother said the band told the family they plan to donate a portion of their proceeds from the show’s ticket sales to help with Mallory Kate’s medical expenses.