​Boy Has To Communicate Using Only His Eyes

A young boy with severe cerebral palsy was told by doctors that he would never speak, but that's not stopped him from communicating - amazingly managing to do so using only his eyes.

Johnathan Bryan, a 12-year-old from Wiltshire, appeared on This Morning with his mum Chantal, leaving host Holly Willoughby fighting back tears.

Johnathan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby - having been born with several health problems after Chantal suffered placental abruption following a car accident when she was 36 weeks pregnant.

However, over the years Johnathan's incredibly defied doctors' predictions that he'd never speak by learning to communicate with his eyes. Using a spelling board where he looks at colours and letters to spell out what he wants to say, Johnathan has even managed to write an entire book, Eye Can Write.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Holly and co-host Philip Schofield asked the youngster what he would like for other kids in the same boat.

Using his spelling board, Johnathan replied: "I want all children to taught to read and write."

Holly, moved by what she saw, said: "That's incredible, that's amazing, it's blown my mind, it's so nice to meet you all."

Chantal told Holly and Phil that Johnathan had actually far surpassed doctors' expectations in many ways, telling them: "We were told like he may never be able to recognise you as his parents, I thought instinctively 'actually he already recognises us' so there was always that glimmer of hope.

"A lot of the predictions they said are right - Johnathan can't walk, he can't talk in the way that we're doing. But he talks with a spelling board and Johnathan has just proved some of the most amazing things and his writing is just incredible and it's blown us all away."

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Chantal explained that she removed Johnathan from his specialist school at the age of seven, before soon realising his incredible aptitude.

She explained: "I didn't know what he'd be able to do and within a year he'd done basic reception up to year one work and then half way through the second year I started introducing a spelling board.

"It was amazing, we never knew what was going on in his head - as a mother you might instinctively know what your child might need but that's not the same as knowing what they think."

What an inspirational little LAD.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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