ATLANTA -- It's the time of the season for feel-good song-and-dance.
On Thursday, Gabee Thomas and her high school show choir performed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
For Gabee, it was a thank you for the hospital's help when this lively singer and dancer was in danger of losing her life.
"She was never tired, always full of energy," recalled her father, John. "So we were really surprised when the cardiologist told us she had something really serious, and she needed surgery."
Gabee has been dancing since she was a toddler, but that young age is also when she began battling a partial AV block in her heart.
Then she turned 11, and the partial block became a complete one.
Gabee would need three surgeries, and doctors at Egleston would have to install a pacemaker. All of this was extremely dire, but Gabee had another concern: as part of her recovery, she wouldn't be able to dance for a year.