Transcript for Teen dances 'Nutcracker' lead after 15-hour surgery
We are back now with a Christmas miracle. A courageous young woman fulfilling her dream to dance in "The nutcracker" after surviving a life-threatening condition, and ABC's janai Norman is here with this remarkable, remarkable story, janai. Reporter: It absolutely is, and such a perfect story for the holidays. Not only a dancer, but a fighter, battling a chronic disease that could have sidelined her dreams, but instead, she has beaten the odds. Just in time for Christmas, eighth greater Addie Jamison has overcome incredible odds to star in her school's production of a holiday classic, "The nutcracker." There is no limits. You can just be creative and kind of just express yourself. Reporter: But it's been a long road to get to this moment. The young girl enduring severe pain that almost dashed her dancing dreams. I can remember times, like, sitting in my living room, like, mom, my chest hurts. Reporter: Addie suffered from acute pankia tights that caused her liver to fail. As a parent to see, you know, them getting sick and the doctor saying we're not sure what the best course of action here is, that's -- that's, you know, it's a parent's worst nightmare. Reporter: Her family turned to Cincinnati children's hospital for a necessary but dangerous surgery. The doctors had to remove her pancreas, with devastating complications. This is a big deal. I don't know -- they are going to have to convince me whether or not this is something I'm willing to watch my daughter go through. She is testing it. Reporter: Ultimately Addie braved the surgery and after 15 hours, she woke up, determined to make her dreams come true this holiday season, to star as Clara in the Christmas classic, and that's exactly what she has done. I kind of just wanted to prove to everybody, but mostly myself that, like, I had surgery less than a year ago, but I'm here and I'm going to dance all of these eight shows 110%. How incredible is that? Surgery less than a year ago. She has been determined to keep dancing as she has battled all of this, and as she said, she is giving more than 100%. Incredibly resilient. Inspiring everyone who watches. Thank you, janai.
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