Plane Crash Survivor Endures 100 Surgeries, Then Wows Simon 10 Yrs Later In Heart-Wrenching Audition

Kechi Okwuechi has lived an extremely difficult life. At just 16-years-old, she was the survivor of a plane crash in Nigeria that killed 107 people onboard. The moment she auditioned for America’s Got Talent, it was clear that she had worked hard to get there.

Kechi will never forget that moment in her life. “I remember just saying I don’t know, but I think we should pray or something, I don’t know. We actually never got a chance. That’s the last memory I have before I blacked out.”

It’s an absolute miracle that Kechi survived the tragedy; her road to recovery was going to be one of the hardest things she has ever done. The young woman would undergo over 100 painful surgeries, some of which were reconstructive,

It was during her time in the hospital when music ended up helping her heal. “Lying in the hospital bed unable to move, music was my escape. It did so much for me,” Kechi recalls.

Four years after the terrifying crash, Kechi ended up attending the University of St. Thomas; she even graduated with honors. Kechi was asked to give the commencement speech at her graduation; she dedicated the speech to 60 of her classmates that perished in that 2005 plane crash.

Her life was a difficult one, but that never stopped her from pursuing all of her goals —  including singing. Continue to the next page to watch the performance that completely wowed the judges.

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