"Daddy loves you."
Those were the first words 3-year-old Grayson Clamp ever heard.
Grayson, who was born deaf, is hearing for the first time thanks to a special device known as an auditory brainstem implant.
It was installed by doctors at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
The device is typically used in adults whose nerves have been damaged and hadn't yet been approved for use in children.
But that changed due to an FDA-approved trial.
Grayson became the first child in the country to undergo the procedure. Doctors are confident Grayson will eventually hear and speak like any other child.
CNN / WKYC-TV