Thursday, June 20, 2013

NC boy gets first brain stem implant turned on

Last month, we told you about the first child in the U.S. to receive an auditory brain stem implant - Grayson Clamp. The three year old just had his implant turned on, which you can watch in the video below. The surgery is designed to help children born without cochlea or without certain cochlear nerves. The only two places conducting the FDA trials for the procedure are the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill and the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. Len and Nicole Clamp adopted Grayson as a newborn after he was placed in foster care. Grayson has Charge syndrome, which can cause multiple health problems.


Anonymous said...

This darling boy has multiple health problems and the father had Nazi Drs put machine in his body. The boy does not have language since he could only point fingers around...machine and no language. Sad!

Elizabeth Richardson, MS said...

Grayson used a method of communication called Cued Speech. It helps give him access to English. While American Sign Language is a beautiful language that he may also know, or may someday learn, Cued Speech will help him learn English to increase his ability to decode written English and become a fluent reader and writer.