PARENTS are hoping to hear their little boy laugh for the first time after an illness has affected his vocal cords.
Laura Flake and Peter Light have not heard their son Jacob make any noise after he was born with a rare condition that causes tumours to develop throughout his body.
Jacob is such a happy boy and I long to hear his little laughLaura Flake
The one-year-old has a benign tumour pressing on his vocal cords, meaning he cannot make a noise.
But he has now begun chemotherapy in a bid to shrink the tumour.
Laura, from Fareham, said: ‘Jacob is such a happy boy and I long to hear his little laugh. It might sound strange but even just to hear him cry would mean everything to me.
‘We hope the chemotherapy will shrink the tumour enough to enable him to make these noises and be just like any other little boy.
‘He has been through so much but he is still always smiling. To me, he is a little miracle.’
Jacob was born three weeks prematurely in September last year but as Laura and Peter waited to hear his cry – the sound never came.
Laura, 22, added: ‘While most mums hear their babies cry and cuddle them in their first moments, Jacob was taken to intensive care.’
Days later doctors at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, diagnosed Jacob with infantile-myofibromatosis. The rare disorder causes tumours to grow and Jacob has one in his neck and five more throughout his body.
Laura said: ‘Peter and I knew something was wrong as Jacob wasn’t breathing properly and he wasn’t able to swallow. He just seemed to be struggling to breathe but doctors were baffled as to what was wrong.
‘He spent the first six weeks of his life on the intensive care unit and soon after we were told he had infantile-myofibromatosis.
‘Doctors explained he couldn’t make a sound because of a tumour pressing on his vocal cords.’
Jacob is now receiving a second round of chemotherapy which will last four weeks to shrink the size of the tumour. Doctors hope it will eventually shrink so Jacob can get his voice.