A Deaf Three-Year-Old Boy Hears His Father Say “I Love You” For The First Time

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 9, 2014   |   1:05PM   |   Washington, DC

Children’s physical disabilities are all too often a reason for parents to decide to have an abortion, but sometimes parents choose life and then the miracle of modern technology takes over.

grayson2That is the case for a three-year-old boy who is now hearing the world — and his father — for the first time thanks to an auditory brain stem implant.

Little Grayson Clamp was born without his cochlear nerves — the nerves necessary to transmit sound form the inner ear to the brain. A cochlear implant did not work so his parents went to the next option.

“They then enrolled Grayson in a research trial at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C,” a report says. “Three weeks ago, he became the first child in the U.S. to receive an auditory brain stem implant.”

Now, he is hearing.