December 1, 2015 – Born with no voice and low odds, boy talks with new voice box
Grant Hasse was born with two very rare conditions — one that’s usually fatal, the other that should have left him unable to talk.
But at almost 4 years old, he’s a healthy bundle of energy after three dozen surgeries, including an innovative operation to create a new voice box.
Doctors discovered before he was born that Grant’s upper airway was completely blocked, meaning that at birth, he’d be unable to breathe. Even with quick intervention, doctors said his survival chances were extremely slim.
Only about 50 people born with the condition worldwide have survived. Even fewer are born with no vocal cords — an anomaly doctors didn’t discover until after Grant was born.
What helped save his life was an operation to insert a breathing tube while he was still partly in the womb.