Sweet baby Matthew Swetnam waited four long months to hear his mother's voice.
Matthew was born eight weeks early, weighing 2 pounds, 11 ounces. Following his premature birth, he stayed in the NICU for 47 days from complications of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV).
Similar to the Zika virus, CMV causes severe birth defects and developmental disabilities. CMV caused his deafness and other birth defects explained Matthew's mother, Erin Swetnam, in her YouTube channel video description.
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