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Getting to Know the NEW DAY Team; Little Boy Hears Sound for First Time; Getting to Know Michaela; Extreme Dog Grooming

Aired June 20, 2013 - 08:30   ET


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: -- a 3-year-old boy born deaf is hearing now for the very first time. We'll talk to Dr. Sanjay Gupta about this modern day miracle, one of the best stories of the day.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: And you're going to get to know one of our favorite people now. Ready? There's Michaela Pereira with the kid that she loves to help and they are such a great bunch going on, bonding in Los Angeles.

There's one kid, though --


BOLDUAN: Anchor bonding. Don't call him out.

CUOMO: See that kid next to me there?

BOLDUAN: Why do you have such issues with him?

CUOMO: (Inaudible) when we come back. (Inaudible) get the whole story. (Inaudible).

BOLDUAN: (Inaudible).

CUOMO: That kid.

BOLDUAN: He did.

CUOMO: That kid gave me a tough time.




BOLDUAN: Good morning.

CUOMO: Lady Liberty.

BOLDUAN: (Inaudible) for the first time.

CUOMO: Right, didn't you love it?

BOLDUAN: I was moved. CUOMO: Even better in person, right? Means so much to so many. What are we talking about? Statue of Liberty. Welcome back here to the set of NEW DAY, everybody. I'm Chris Cuomo. Happy to be with you.

BOLDUAN: Hello, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan, of course here along with Michaela Pereira. It's Thursday, June 20th.

Coming up in this half hour, you won't want to miss this one, this moment, the moment a child who was born deaf -- look -- hears for the first time. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is here to explain how it's all possible and what he hears first. His special.

CUOMO: Oh, such a tender moment. So great.

Now here's another one involving kids. There's Michaela Pereira, running around like Pele, right? These are kids that she loves to help, an extension of her heart. As we were getting to know each other, she took us to meet them; a great program doing great things. And it was an almost perfect day that we're going to show.

BOLDUAN: Almost?

CUOMO: It was almost perfect day, almost.

BOLDUAN: All right. But first, let's get to Michaela.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (Inaudible) in our studio. Everybody OK back there?

CUOMO: It's the emotion.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (Inaudible) so excited.

BOLDUAN: All right, Michaela. What's going on?

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN HOST: All right. Let's get to the five things that you need to know for your new day.

An autopsy will be conducted in Rome to determine the cause of death for actor's "Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini. The head of the emergency department at the hospital where Gandolfini was taken to says it looks like a heart attack. Tributes are pouring in from around the world for the 51-year-old actor who became a star in his iconic role as Tony Soprano.

Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller has admitted publicly that a bureau used surveillance drones within the U.S. in testimony before a Senate committee. Mueller said drones are used in a very minimal way and very seldom. He also defended the NSA's top secret surveillance program, calling it one factor that helps to connect the dots on terror plots.

The man who leads Exodus International, one of the largest organizations claiming to help turn gays straight, is now apologizing to the LGBT community.

In a post on Exodus International's website, titled "I Am Sorry," Chambers decided to stop endorsing reparative therapy last year, but this is the first time that he publicly apologized.

I lied, now, are the five things that you need to know for your new day.

Are you ready? Here's number one.

Jodi Arias' defense will try to delay the convicted murderer's penalty phase. Prosecutors want the judge to deny that request.

At number two, racing will return to downtown Boston tonight. Some 12,000 runners will take part in the 3.5 mile JPMorgan Corporate Challenge race. And we wish them well.

And three, the pregnant actress accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg expected in court today. Shannon Richardson was charged after initially telling the FBI her husband was behind the plot.

A potentially big announcement from Facebook today. Rumors swirling that Facebook's Instagram is going to roll out a new feature today that will rival Twitter's popular Vine service.

And at number five, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs go all in; it is game seven of the NBA Finals tonight in Miami.

Will the Heat take their second straight title or will the San Antonio Spurs win their fifth championship in franchise history? That's the question.

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Did I get that right, Kate?

BOLDUAN: You did. We're good here.


BOLDUAN: All right. We have to move on because I want to get to this amazing video we've been showing you all morning, the little boy born completely deaf. And now at the age of 3, he heard -- he hears for the very first time. And the first voice that he heard, his father's.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is here.

Sanjay, this is a medical miracle in this very important kind of, I don't know, discovery that could help so many people. Tell us more about it. DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I love reporting stories like this because medicine can accomplish some really remarkable things.

The father said, you know, doctors don't use the word miracle very often, but the father said to us last night, he said, "God is still in the miracle business." And I want you to see why.


GUPTA (voice-over): It could be called a modern-day miracle. Watch as this little boy hears his father's voice for the first time.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, Grayson. Talk to him, Daddy.

GRAYSON'S DAD: Daddy loves you. Daddy loves you.




GRAYSON'S DAD: Can you hear Daddy?

GUPTA (voice-over): Before this moment, Grayson Clamp (ph) had never heard a sound.

GRAYSON'S DAD: That's you. Grayson.

GUPTA (voice-over): Grayson was born without the auditory nerves that carry sound from the inner ear to the brain. Initially he was fitted with a cochlear implant, but without nerves it was ineffective.


GUPTA (voice-over): That's when doctors at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine gave him this: it's an auditory brain stem implant.

The device is typically used in adults whose nerves have been damaged and hadn't yet been approved for use in children. But that changed, thanks to an FDA-approved trial and Grayson became the first child in the country to undergo the procedure.

NICOLE CLAMP, GRAYSON'S MOTHER: We don't really know exactly what it's like for him. We don't know exactly what he hears, if he hears everything we hear, some of what we hear.

GUPTA (voice-over): Doctors are confident Grayson will eventually hear and speak like any other child. His parents say he has already made great progress, although they won't soon forget what that first moment was like.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (Inaudible). Hi, Grayson. Talk to him, Daddy.

GRAYSON'S DAD: Daddy loves you. Daddy loves you.





BOLDUAN: Ohh, that -- his face, it gets you every time. I mean, you -- doctors may not like to use the word miracle, but it truly seems like a medical miracle.

How does this work?

GUPTA: Yes, it's quite remarkable. Dr. Craig Buckman (ph) is one of the doctors, along with his team. And I want to show you, because this type of technology has been around for a little while.

They talk about cochlear implants; this is actually a implant goes directly to the brain stem. That's what's so remarkable. There's no connections essentially between the outside world and his brain stem, so doctors had to essentially recreate that.

Let me just show you, I don't know how much you'll be able to tell from this brain model, but essentially there's an implant on the outside. You sort of see a -- essentially a microphone. It takes sound; it sort of distills it down and then it implants it right there. That's called the cochlear nucleus.

You don't need to remember that, but that's the place where the sound goes in the brain and then sort of is taken all over where someone can actually take that sound and make sense of it in some way. So that's essentially what happens. It's been around for adults for some time, but never before for a child.

PEREIRA: I find it -- when I think we were all were just taken by that moment when he hears that sound. It's hard to imagine what he is experiencing, because he doesn't know words in the same way that you and I know words.

GUPTA: That's right. And we don't know exactly what he's able to hear. We know that he can listen to sounds, specifically now. But it happens pretty quickly, Michaela, in terms of his ability to now --


GUPTA: take this new -- yes. And actually you see his speech patterns change in response to being able to hear. So it is -- it gives me a little bit of goose bumps here, but it's quite extraordinary to think at this age how much it's going to make a difference in his life.

CUOMO: How do you teach him sounds? What do they do? You can't just expose him to the harsh ones or the loud ones? It's like a big cacophony for him. How do you (inaudible)? GUPTA: I'm not sure how much -- you know, it's funny. (Inaudible) they planned it because it was just the father who said, you know -- and you saw his reaction to that.

They do have specific plans for adults in terms of how they expose people to sounds and reteach that.

But, again, keep in mind, Chris, this is the first child. So it's talking about a 3-year-old child. There's going to be 10 children who've now been approved for this device.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's what I was going to ask you.

GUPTA: But he's the first and I think it seemed like they're off to a good start.

BOLDUAN: Right, I mean, this clearly worked, maybe better than they had even anticipated. So this must mean great things for other children suffering from the same thing.

GUPTA: I think so. And sometimes this is how science moves forward. You try things slowly; you try in adults first in this case, and then you see if you have a good leap and bound forward here, which it seems like they did.

PEREIRA: Fantastic progress, life-changing for this little one.

BOLDUAN: Oh, and to see that video, to see that video.

CUOMO: Boy, oh, boy. Good stuff.

GUPTA: I told you I want to be part of your good stuff.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You are part of the good stuff. You have been approved. Your first contribution is a very good one.


CUOMO: You're like walking definition of the good stuff.


CUOMO: Everything you do with your work.

BOLDUAN: Your new title. Thanks, Sanjay. And don't miss your appointment with Sanjay this weekend, bullying, alternative medicine with Morgan Spurlock and a lot, lot more, Saturday at 4:30 pm Eastern and Sunday 7:30 in the morning, right here on CNN, "SANJAY GUPTA M.D."

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, so why are we all playing soccer? Ask Michaela, it was her idea.

BOLDUAN: Blame Michaela. BOLDUAN: And John Berman has been combing the internet for us as always. And here's what he found. Yep, that's right, extreme dog grooming. Ooh, that's a good one.

CUOMO: Too much time on the hands.



PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. We've been having a chance to introduce you to us and let you know about some of the wild and crazy things we do in our off time. For example apparently, Chris really likes to eat raw squid -- maybe not. He tried to trick Kate which you didn't fall for, but you almost did.

Kate took us out shooting.

BOLDUAN: Yes. Everyone needs to know how to handle a gun.

PEREIRA: Chris feels -- Chris feels that you might have sabotaged his gun.

BOLDUAN: No, he's just --

CUOMO: You sabotaged it by putting it in my hand.

BOLDUAN: Right, exactly.

PEREIRA: You couldn't hit the side of a barn.

CUOMO: I know.

PEREIRA: I know.

CUOMO: Let it go.

PEREIRA: But it's my turn, finally. And we are -- I think that we have saved the best for last and, literally, I had you guys come out to California where I have been living for the last almost 10 years and I wanted to introduce you to some of the kids that I think are the best. Take a look.


PEREIRA (voice over): It's 3:30 in the afternoon and downtown Los Angeles is exactly where I want to be.

(on camera): I know I talk a lot about kids. I don't have any. But these are my kids.

(voice over): My kids are the best in L.A. Sure every parent thinks that their children are the finest in their city. But mine literally are thanks to an after-school enrichment program aimed at giving inner city kids the support they need. A lot of time kids don't have parents at home because parents are working and they need somebody to help them with their homework, they need help to sort of plant seeds of education in their mind. These kids are my heart --


PEREIRA: Today my parents Ainslie and Doug Thomson have come to my home away from home. Mom, a retired schoolteacher who spent 35 years in the classroom and dad a retired civil servant are the reasons I care about kids. I spend time with the children of L.A.'s Best because every kid counts.

I was just three months old when the Thompsons chose me to join their family -- the second youngest of five adopted girls. But, still, my mom's baby.

BOLDUAN: What do you think of your daughter?


BOLDUAN: Now we talked that we weren't going to do any embarrassing stories. She's now part of our family so which means we're now part of your family.

PEREIRA: And what about you.

CUOMO: It's amazing.

PEREIRA: And they don't have a son yet, so come on over.

Our first stop, the classroom.

CUOMO: What word is that?


CUOMO: Cloud very good.

PEREIRA: Where the kids are hard at work. It's homework time after all.

We have a math genius.

CUOMO: Two plus 2.

PEREIRA: I don't need your help.

CUOMO: 3 plus 9.



CUOMO: We'll play, you want to play, we'll play.



BOLDUAN: Oh my gosh, oh, it was wrong.

CUOMO: What are you kidding me?

PEREIRA: All right so clearly, I should not have passed first grade math.

BOLDUAN: That's exactly right. It's a microphone.

PEREIRA: So, thankfully our sound man's boom Mike proves much more entertaining.

We have caused enough chaos in here. Let's go play some soccer. All right thank you.

BOLDUAN: Bye guys.

PEREIRA: Bye guys. You did a great job. I wish you were coming with me.

CUOMO: Soccer is better than your math.

PEREIRA: I'm going to go like this.

So, now, I'm on a mission to prove I've got soccer skills. Once I figure out which team I'm playing for. I don't want to tell anybody, though. Because I feel like I'm giving excellent effort. Do you have any idea what team I'm on? I have no idea what team I'm on but somebody scores.

BOLDUAN: I clearly had everything to do with that.

PEREIRA: Clearly when it comes to soccer and math, Kate has no problem adding up her goals.

BOLDUAN: I'll tickle you. I'll tickle you. Yes. All me. Scored, again.

PEREIRA: Oh, no. Don't let the applause fool you.

BOLDUAN: You know I literally passed you.

CUOMO: You're a bad teammate.

BOLDUAN: You should be outfielder.

PEREIRA: Not everyone on the soccer field feels like they can count on Chris.

Is you're helping or making it worst.

CUOMO: We're having a little problem on that point right now.

PEREIRA: Yes talk to your man. Talk to your man.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Score. PEREIRA: I'm really glad you guys came out here today. The kids in L.A.'s Best program are my heart. When I have a tough day in the news business, this is the place for me to come.

Does anybody in here have their front teeth? They're trying to do their best and these kids are just full of life and love.

CUOMO: Any kid that's given the chance to do great things.

PEREIRA: Sure can.

CUOMO: Give me a little faith.

BOLDUAN: They're so beautiful and so fun.

PEREIRA: At the end of the day when I still had no clue about which team I'd been playing for, I was reminded of something I know for certain.

CUOMO: Don't you learn it when you were with these kids, don't you always leave it feeling like you got so much more than you gave.

PEREIRA: I may not be as agile as the star kicker or as cool as the math genius, but when it comes to me and my kids. Look at these smiles, I can't take it. Showing these kids they matter is what counts the most.


BOLDUAN: That was beautiful. That was beautiful.

PEREIRA: I have to tell you, I was one of those kids that was given a chance. And so, I'm going to spend the rest of my life making sure that other kids get a chance because, as you said, shine a light on them, give them some of the support. The sky is the limit.

BOLDUAN: Very few of them had teeth and very few of them could keep their shoes tied. Remember that everyone stop and, please, tie your shoes. They were like, oh come on, lady.

PEREIRA: We need to do some work with our guy here. What was it with you and Rodriguez? Why did he get under your skin so much?

CUOMO: I don't want to ruin the mood. You know what I love about that, is that the kid had been given the confidence.


CUOMO: You know some so often you're around kids with situations and you know they're scared and they hadn't been given the -- he had the confidence.


BOLDUAN: I just liked him push you out of my ball, get out my ball the way. CUOMO: With 220 lbs. the bad intentions, you're a terrible goalie. I was like what? He said, you're a terrible goalie, I heard you, I'm right here. I'm shocked by what you said.

PEREIRA: It was fantastic.

BOLDUAN: That guy did not care who you were, how big you were, he wanted you out of his goal.


CUOMO: When people ask me about Michaela, I always tell them two things. You are a good person who does good things.

PEREIRA: It's me.

CUOMO: That's really what you're about. I've to hug it out.

PEREIRA: Ok we're going to hug it out. Group hug on the sofa.

BOLDUAN: All right, all right.

PEREIRA: Tell them what's coming up next. What's coming up Kate? What's coming up?

BOLDUAN: All right next up on NEW DAY John Berman has combing the Internet and here's what he found. Dog grooming like you've never seen it before. That's for sure.


CUOMO: It's 9:00 o'clock on the East Coast. That means it's time for J.B., John Berman here to tell us what he learned on the Internet today.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: You know what I learned. I learned people do really, really weird stuff to their pets. I'm talking extraordinarily weird. These are images from an annual extreme dog grooming competition that's happening in Florida. It's all over Twitter right now.

BOLDUAN: Look at that.

BERMAN: The blogs too.

I think it's amazing and deeply, deeply troubling, to be honest. I mean it takes a lot of skill to do this and also a lot of twisted thoughts in your head.

I like the Yoda one. The Yoda one's my favorite. I'm wondering what the Yoda dog is thinking like when 900 years old you reach this good, look this good, you will not. There we go with the dog right now.

BOLDUAN: Look at all of the -- what is that? Food coloring that goes into this. I have no idea. BERMAN: Anyway, you know what else is huge on YouTube right now. I'm talking majorly huge. It's something that will explode your son's brain -- the poor young boy. It's the trailer for the new Lego movie.

PEREIRA: Exploding brains right now.

CUOMO: Legos are big.

BERMAN: 2.7 million views on YouTube and Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman (inaudible) and some incredible stuff.

Finally, in the movie I leave you with a Twitter trend alert. DC Comics has launched a contest to unleash your inner Clark Kent. They're calling it Clark Kenting and they're asking for people for submission showing them turning into Super Man. You just do #clarkkenting -- there's an award or a prize. I have to show you some pictures of myself. I did some Clark Kenting back when I was a young boy. Back when I was a superhero.

CUOMO: Is that you.

BOLDUAN: That's you, Berman?

BERMAN: That is a young me turning into Superman. My own version of Clark Kenting.

PEREIRA: Wow, I think we have to leave it there. Every show.

CUOMO: Carol Costello -- it's time for "NEWSROOM". John Berman was Clark Kent, did you know?

BOLDUAN: I didn't.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: I just saw the picture and you were one skinny Superman.

BOLDUAN: Shocking you to silence with Berman photos.

COSTELLO: Hey, thanks so much. Have a great day.

"NEWSROOM" starts right now.