Toddler hears father's voice for the first time
UNDATED (WHDH) -- It was a modern day miracle as a little boy heard his father’s voice for the first time.
“Hi Grayson. Talk to him, daddy,” said the boy’s mother.
“Daddy loves you,” said his father.
Before this moment, Grayson Clamp had never heard a sound. He was born without the auditory nerves that carry sound from the inner ear to the brain.
Initially he was fitted with a cochlear implant but, without nerves, it was ineffective. That’s when the doctors at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine gave him an auditory brainstem implant. The device is typically used in adults whose nerves have been damaged and it hadn’t yet been approved for use in children. But that changed; thanks to an FDA approve trial. Clamp became the first child in the country to undergo the procedure.
“We don’t really know exactly what it’s like for him. We don’t know exactly what he hears, if he hears everything we hear, some of what we hear,” said his mother,
Doctors are confident Clamp will eventually hear and speak like any other child. His parents said he’s already made great progress, although they said they would never forget what that first moment was like.
“Daddy loves you,” said Clamp’s father, “He can hear!”
Clamp was adopted by his parents after they said God called them to help medically challenged children