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California teenager sings again after her rare, complex airway surgery: ‘It was life-changing’

Grace Overman, an avid singer from Fiddletown, California, was in middle school when she began to lose her voice — and now a rare, high-risk surgery has given it back to her.

Born premature at 25 weeks — “the exact size of a Barbie doll,” as her mother, Kristen Van Kempen, told Fox News Digital — Overman has always struggled with vocal cord issues. 

During surgery as an infant to close an opening between her heart and lungs, one of her vocal cords became permanently paralyzed. 

Overman said she no longer views her voice struggles as a weakness.

“I used to compare my voice to other people’s, but now I see it as something that defines me in a positive way — it is really more of a strength,” she said.

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Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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