Grayson can hear!!

The moment 3-year-old Grayson hears for the first time is captured on camera. His heart-warming story is giving hope to deaf children around the world. (Includes video and transcript)

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The moment Grayson hears his Daddy speak for the first time is caught on video.

Grayson can hear!!

Grayson, a three-year-old, has started to babble and is working hard to learn some words to say. He's a little late compared to other children, but Grayson has had a few more challenges in his life than other children his age.

Apart from heart surgery and the loss of sight in one eye, until May 21 this year, he had never heard a sound. He was completely deaf.

Grayson was born without the nerves (the cochlear nerves) that take sound from the inner ear to the brain. Surgeons at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. implanted a device into his brainstem that corrected the missing connection, the first time this has been done with a child.

Grayson with his parents and medical team.

What is it like to hear for the first time? It is quite dramatic. Watch this video and you will see what I mean. You might get a few tears in your eyes as well.

Can you watch the video without tears coming to your eyes?

Video transcript

We've got an update this morning on a touching story we brought you on Thursday, the remarkable moment, captured on camera, when a child who was born deaf, hears for the first time. Here's NBC's Kate Snow.

A child's look of wonder as he hears his father's words for the first time in his young life.

"Talk to him Daddy."

"Daddy loves you. Daddy loves you. Can you hear Daddy?"

"Get in his face, Len."

"Daddy loves you."

At just three years old, Grayson Clamp is already a survivor. Braving open-hear surgery as a one-month old, a loss of vision in his left eye, unable to hear since birth. His adoptive parents had tried everything, but then they learned about a groundbreaking clinical trial. In April, he became the first child to have a device surgically implanted into the base of his brainstem.

"Grayson, Grayson. That's you."

All told, countless hours of work leading up to this incredible moment in May when the device was activated.

When they turned that thing on and it worked; he responded to that sound, it was like just a weight was lifted off me.

For Grayson and his parents Nicolle and Len, it's a victory, but also just the first step. Now able to hear, Grayson must begin the process of interpreting and forming words for himself. His parents look forward to the day he'll be able to speak with them and his best friend, younger brother Ethan.

"It has, you know, opened up a whole new world to him. His brain is still having to get used to this new stimulus because he's never heard sound before, so he's still learning what it is, what to do with it..."

And while there's a lot for Grayson to learn, there is one thing, he already knows for certain.

"Daddy loves you. Daddy loves you."

For Today, Kate Snow, NBC news, New York.

For a longer more detailed HD video put out by the University of North Carolina, click here:

babble – the sounds a baby makes before beginning to say actual words พูดไม่เป็นภาษา, พูดไม่ชัด
challenge – something that needs a lot of skill, energy, and determination to deal with or achieve สิ่งที่ท้าทาย, การท้าทาย
surgery – medical treatment in which a doctor cuts open someone’s body การผ่าตัด
deaf – unable to hear หูหนวก
nerve – any of the long threads that carry messages between the brain and parts of the body, enabling you to move, feel pain, etc เส้นประสาท
brain – the organ inside the head that controls movement, thought, memory and feeling  สมอง
surgeon – a doctor who is trained to perform surgery (= medical operations that involve cutting open a person's body) ศัลยแพทย์
implant – to put something (usually something artificial) into a part of the body for medical purposes, usually by means of an operation ปลูกฝัง, สอด, ใส่
brainstem – the central part of the brain, which continues downwards to form the spinal cord โคนสมอง,ก้านสมอง,แกนสมอง,แกนกลางของสมอง
connection – something that connects two things, etc. การเชื่อมต่อ การเชื่อมโยง
dramatic – sudden, very great and often surprising; exciting and impressive น่าทึ่งใจ, ตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ
tears – drops of liquid that come out of your eye when you cry น้ำตา, หยดน้ำตา

update – the most recent information or news about something ข้อมูลใหม่ๆ
touching – causing feelings of pity or sympathy; making you feel emotional ที่สามารถกระตุ้นอารมณ์, เร้าใจ
remarkable – unusual or special and therefore surprising and worth mentioning ไม่ธรรมดา
wonder – something that fills you with surprise and admiration สิ่งน่าพิศวง
survivor – someone who still exists after an event that could have killed or destroyed them ผู้รอดชีวิต
brave – to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation in order to achieve something กล้าที่จะเผชิญกับ
vision – the ability to see; the area that you can see from a particular position การมองเห็น
adoptive – of someone who has legally adopted a child ที่เกี่ยวกับการรับเลี้ยงบุตรบุญธรรม
groundbreaking – using new methods, or achieving new results ใหม่
clinical trial – a research study that tests how well new medical treatments  work in people, i.e., whether they are safe and effective
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
base – the bottom part, edge, or surface of something พื้นฐาน, รากฐาน
countless – very many; too many to be counted มากเหลือคณานับ
incredible – difficult to believe ไม่น่าเชื่อ
activate – to make something such as a device or chemical process start working กระตุ้น, ทำให้เกิดปฏิกริยาตอบสนอง
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
interpret – to decide what the intended meaning or importance of something is ตีความ, ชี้แจง, อธิบาย
stimulus – something that produces a reaction in a human, an animal or a plant ตัวกระตุ้น, สิ่งกระตุ้น

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