(WECT) - A rare virus robbed a little Georgia boy of his ability to speak normally.
Though singing Christmas carols may not seem like a big deal to most third graders, doctors say it's a miracle for Joey Finely.
The 8-year-old was unable to speak in a normal voice until about a year ago.
He has a condition called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, a virus that gets into the cells of the voice box and it causes growths like warts. The warts can obstruct a patient's airway.
Joey has endured 16 operations in the past four years to remove the growth that altered his voice.
Since, he has been working with a speech pathologist, and the endless sessions are paying off. Joey's spending less time with his doctors and more time doing his new favorite thing - singing.