We have to admit that there are certain things most of us take for granted.
One of them is speech. Yes, everyone knows they are wealthy just by being able to see, hear, walk and talk. However, we sometimes forget that.
Meet Judah Bittner, an eight-year-old boy who can never forget that lesson.
Judah was a premature baby, and he wasn’t expected to live. Like many preemies, Judah suffers from several health problems. Due to paralyzed vocal cords, this little boy wasn’t able to speak until 2015. The video of him using the electrolarynx to speak for the first time has been viewed over 1.5 million times on YouTube. It’s a pure joy to share such a heartwarming story of a kid’s recovery.
Twins Judah and Annikah Bittner were born 24 weeks early, and each weighed just a little over a pound at birth.
Doctors didn’t expect the two babies to live, but little fighters miraculously survived. However, they were left with numerous health problems. In 2015, Judah had to be urgently hospitalized. He stayed in the hospital for a couple of months, and things seemed to be improving.
Suddenly, Judah stopped breathing, and doctors had to give the boy a tracheotomy tube to help him breathe.
Unfortunately, the tube damaged Judah’s vocal cords and left them paralyzed. Our little hero hasn’t been able to speak ever since.
Both Judah and Annikah were adopted by Jessica and Mike Bittner, who have five adopted children, all with special needs.
Jessica Bittner shares some of her kids’ inspiring stories on her YouTube channel.
The Bittners describe themselves as parents of five little heroes, and we couldn’t be more proud of those little kiddos who are growing up into strong, young people.
Take Judah as an example. He wasn’t able to speak until 2018. That’s when he was first introduced to the electrolarynx.
Mrs. Bittner decided to film Judah’s first words.
When he was five years old, Judah was finally ready to understand a technology piece that would help him talk. With the speech pathologist right by his side, little Judah was learning all about the electrolarynx.
We must say that the lady who taught little man how to use electrolarynx was incredibly kind.
First, she put the device on the boy’s hand so that he can get a hold of the idea of feeling vibrations. Then, Judah felt the same sensation on his cheeks and his neck.
In the beginning, Judah was hesitant, but curiosity took over.
Because the little boy soon realized everything that the weird little box can do for him, he took it and gathered enough courage to try it on his own. When he said, “Hey, mom,” so much joy spread through the room.
You have to see the look on his face!
We almost felt his happiness through the screen. His mom and sister were with him during the appointment, and they cheered him on.
The way Judah holds his tiny hand over his mouth is adorable.
Clearly, the boy can’t believe what’s going on. He can finally hear the words coming from his mouth. As if someone will steal those words, Judah puts a hand over his mouth.
How does the electrolarynx work?
For those who don’t know, it is a small, battery-operated machine. You press it against your neck, and it produces a vibing sound. The moment you move your tongue and mouth, you can form the sound into words.
Those who require an electrolarynx need to get proper training from a speech therapist. Judah’s been lucky to work with such a sweet therapist, and he’ll be splashing tons of words soon.
Take care, Judah, your words are a pure joy to our ears!
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