MIAMI (CBSMiami) | August 18, 2015 4:25 PM
Reported byÂ Emmy Award-winning journalist Cynthia Demos
MIAMI (CBSMiami) â€” Â A 20-year-old man is celebrating the gift of life after receiving a liver transplant but thatâ€™s not the only thing that saved him.
Angel Lopez says music also saved him and on TuesdayÂ he performed a concert at Holtz Childrenâ€™sHospital as a thank you.
Angel did make his mother proud Â and his dad, siblings and doctors Â following his transplant surgery, just a month ago.
â€śIt brings a great joy.. not only for the family for my son too that he can perform for the doctors and everyone involved in the process to make this possible,â€ť said Angelâ€™s dadÂ Raul Lopez.
He was diagnosed with cirosis and at 11-years old he needed a new liver. Seven years later, there was a match.
â€śI was grateful it came through and I was really blessed,â€ť said Angel.
As for his music , Angelâ€™s been rapping for 9 years but he found another music to heal him while he was waiting for a liver.
In a healing through music program at Holtz, Lopez learned the Ukele in a month.
â€śSo it gave him something to focus on and work towards and give him a sense of accomplishment,â€ť said Music therapistÂ Stephanie Epstein.
Lopez and his family have dealt with lifesaving surgeries with all of the siblings. His brother had a debilitating vein disease in his leg. His sister, a brain tumor and his other sister who wasnâ€™t there had a liver transplant too. The issues stem from a genetic family issue that theyâ€™ve learned to deal withâ€¦in one way.
â€śThere are times we thought we canâ€™t do this anymore.. but then we see their love for life. They want to live and make their dreams come true and how can you not support them,â€ť said Angelâ€™s MomÂ Lidia Lopez.
Now, Angel is back up again and performingÂ with his family at church. He wants to pursue his love of music. His family, doctors and everyone he knows he will.