05/25/2013 09:21 am ET

Caesar Sant, Four-Year-Old Violin Prodigy From North Carolina, Suffers Debilitating Disease (VIDEO)

Caesar Sant is a four-year-old child prodigy with a gift for playing the violin. He started learning the instrument just over a year ago and, as you can see in the video above, is already impressing instructors with his adorable renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner."

"[Caesar is] very remarkable, he is unbelievable sometimes," his strings teacher, Hongmei Zhou, gushes to WXII 12 News. "Kids learn real fast and he is obviously very fast."

However, beyond his talent for the violin and knack for reading complicated sheet music, the young genius suffers from a rare form of sickle cell anemia that's caused Caesar to have two strokes in a period of six months, one of which resulted in the temporary loss of mobility in his bowing arm. According to the Winston Salem Journal, his family, including neuroscientist father Lucas Santos, have turned to a stem cell bone marrow transplant -- a $500,000 procedure offered through Johns Hopkins University -- as the "only cure" for the young boy.

Watch the video above to learn more about Caesar's unique abilities and the lengths his family will go to to ensure his good health. Let us know what you think of the four-year-old's jaw-dropping skills in the comments. For more awe-inspiring footage, check out a 22-month-old Caesar conducting along with Beethoven's 5th Symphony here.



Child Prodigies