Rockingham County, NC -- Eleven-year-old Emily Kassay has autism and lost her speech before she was two years-old. Her mom, Virginia, has been working diligently ever since to get it back. "Cause when she lost her voice, I vowed that I would get it back no matter what, so we did."
Kassay found a voice machine that would let Emily communicate, but had to give it back to the school district after only a few weeks of use. The machine cost $7500 and the family was working to raise money to buy it when News 2 shared their story. But Murphy's Kids, a charity started by 107.5 WKZL host Jack Murphy, saw the story and stepped up and bought the machine. Virginia said, "It's an amazing gift, a gift we have been waiting for since Emily lost her voice, and now Emily has a voice."
Now, that Emily has her voice back, Virginia said its making a world of difference. "When she started being on the machine and she started saying words I said 'my God, could it be the voice, not just the machine, but the voice on the machine that's helping her speak.'"
Now Emily can tell her mom any decisions, any choices, any, anything that she's thinking in her head through the machine. "She could actually tell me what she wants to be when she grows up. Which would be really nice because I can steer her down the right road." Virginia said her daughter's future can now include a job, relationships, and perhaps even talking verbally.
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