He heard his father’s voice...

Two Williston natives, along with their son, have gained national attention after a video of their son hearing his father's voice for the first time went viral.
In April, Nicole's and Len Clamp's son, Grayson, became the first U.S. child to have a hearing implant put directly into his brainstem. Since then, the family has received national media attention.
Nicole and Len Clamp were high school sweethearts and graduated from Williston-Elko High School - Nicole in 1999 and Len in 2000. They married and currently live in Charlotte, N.C. Nicole is a nurse practitioner and Len a banking executive with Bank of America.
Following God's call to help needy children, the Clamps said they began fostering in 2009. They did not plan to adopt, but that was before Grayson came to them when he was two-months old.
In an email, the Clamps said Grayson's birth mother used drugs while she was pregnant with him. Grayson was born with a condition called CHARGE, an acronym for the conditions the syndrome causes. He had a heart defect, no hearing and little to no sight in his left eye. He was recovering from surgery to repair the heart defect when the Clamps took him in as a foster child.
Len said God had been preparing them to care for Grayson's special needs - they had already fostered four babies with medical conditions - and they adopted him in 2010. Shortly after starting the adoption process, they found out Nicole was pregnant. She had a boy, Ethan, who is now 2 and best friends with Grayson, they said.
Grayson was born without hearing nerves in either ear, and Len sent an email to everyone he knew looking for a connection to someone with a hearing impaired child.
"The door opened to a wonderful family, the Addison family, who educated us on cochlear implants and a unique form of sign language called Cued Speech, which when accompanied by a hearing aid stimulates speech and language development," he said.
The family connected the Clamps with audiology experts at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Grayson had a cochlear implant when he was 18-months old, but it was ineffective because he lacked hearing nerves. However, the procedure allowed the Clamps to meet Dr. Craig Buchman and Dr. Holly Teagle. Buchman offered them the chance to participate in a clinical trial where Grayson could get an auditory brainstem implant. The base of the brainstem is where sound recognition takes place.
The Clamps gladly accepted the offer.
The family spent four weeks in the hospital after the surgery, which was done April 9 and took eight hours. Grayson had to lie in a bed for 14 days without moving, they said.
Grayson's surgery laid the blueprint for other children to have the procedure done in the future, they said.
On May 21, Grayson's implant was activated. When he heard his father's voice for the first time, a stunned and bewildered look came across Grayson's face.
Nicole said, "We were overwhelmed with joy. It was a moment we had anticipated for over two years."
One YouTube video of the moment has been viewed more than one million times.
Doctors aren't exactly sure how noises sound to Grayson, but he is and will continue for years to have auditory verbal therapy, which Nicole said teaches him "to listen and use sound he gets from his implant."
"Right now the focus is on inputting as much sound as possible and helping him assign words to those sounds. We have seen a dramatic increase in vocalizations and experimenting with his voice ..." she said.
The family hopes Grayson, now 3 years old, will develop speech, which doctors told them is possible. The purpose of the clinical trial is to see if, and how, speech development will occur.
"We hope that this will allow him to develop speech, thus be able to function independently. Our hope is that we equip him to fulfill God's very special calling in his life," Nicole said.