Singing Christmas carols may not seem like a big deal to most third graders, but for Joey Finley, doctors say it's a miracle.Â The eight-year-old was unable to speak in a normal voice until about a year ago.Â He has a condition called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. The virus gets into the cells of the voice box and it causes growths like warts.Â Those warts can obstruct a patient's airway.Â Certain children have a very tough time with this. Some children who have this disease are in the operating room every 2 weeks to save their life.Â Joey has endured 16 operations in the past four years to remove the growth that altered his voice.Â Joey has been working with aspeech pathologist.Â The endless sessions are paying off. Joey is spending less time with his doctors and more time doing his new favorite thing, singing.Â Joey admits he used to be afraid to sing, now he is not.
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