Child becomes Youtube sensation after hearing for the first time
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One of Youtube's most popular viral videos almost didn't happen, because at birth, doctor's didn't think 2-year-old Dylan Lipton-Lesser would survive. With fluid on the brain and serious infections, his future was in great doubt - but Dylan seems to have the determination and charm to change the world.
He is bright eyed, alert, mobile, and everything his parents could have hoped for, and more. But for the longest time, Dylan's two mothers, India Lipton and Shirley Lesser, didn't know if their boy would live or die.
Dylan was conceived with the help of a sperm donor and was carried by India, but problems were apparent early on in the pregnancy. Born on Valentines Day, 2012, Dylan was 11 weeks premature and developed fluid on the brain. In two years, he's undergone 15 brain surgeries to treat hydrocephalus, which led to severe brain bleeds. There have also been two eye surgeries, and on top of it all, his hearing was seriously impaired. India will never forget the first prognosis.
"He may not make it, he might be severely disabled, he might not be able to breathe, talk, walk - eat, maintain his body temperature...he could do nothing," said India Lipton.
What about developmentally, where is he?
"He is quite behind for his age, very delayed - however, he's progressing really well," said India Lipton.
Soon after Dylan's brain issues stabilized, doctors attempted to tackle the hearing loss. He clearly enjoys music - playing piano is his favorite activity - and it was restoring his hearing that made Dylan a viral sensation around the world. Watch his reaction to hearing his mother's voice clearly for the first time:
Just when you think the novelty of hearing his mom's voice, and his own laughter, has worn off, he gets another case of the giggles.
Will Dylan eventually overcome his health set-backs, and developmentally catch up to his peers? It's certainly possible, given that he's overcome so much already.
"We have tons of people who put a lot of prayer and father and good thoughts and strength toward Dylan when he didn't have it, and we pretty quickly knew, he was going to be a remarkable kid," said Shirley Lesser.
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