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Posted: 4:48 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A 3-year-old boy from Charlotte is gaining national attention for a special moment he shared with his father just weeks ago.Grayson Clamp was deaf and had never heard his father’s voice before.But now, thanks to a procedure performed for the first time in the U.S., he can hear his father say, “I love you.”The video of the moment Clamp could first hear his father is captivating the nation. “Hi Grayson, talk to daddy, daddy loves you. Daddy loves you. Can you hear daddy? Daddy loves you,” his father says to him.The Clamp family has been waiting for this day since their son was born. He didn’t have hearing nerves.Now, he is the first child in the U.S. to have an auditory brain stem implant. Doctors at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital placed the implant directly on the brain stem.Medical officials describe it a microphone and a receiver: the implant if the receiver, which takes sound into the brain stem.“Our audiology team at UNC Hospital was just phenomenal,” Len Clamp told CNN Friday morning.Grayson’s mother, Nicole, said it has been a long road to get here. “A huge relief for me because it was a long journey getting there and I knew it would work, but just seeing it work was just a huge, the culmination of a long journey to get there,” she said.As for how Grayson is adjusting since that first sound only a month ago, his father said he is doing great.“As long as he is enjoying the sound that he’s getting, then the plan is give it to him, because he needs to experience it,” said Len Clamp.The procedure has been done mostly in Europe up to this point. The Food and Drug Administration approved the implant in the U.S. for only 10 children, five who, like Grayson, were born without nerves and five who suffered traumatic damage.
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