This Teen Was Born Without A Lower Jaw, But His Voice Is Being Heard Loud And Clear

“I want people to know I have a voice.”

Doctors didn't expect Isaiah Acosta would live a very long life. That's because soon after his birth, the Phoenix-born boy was diagnosed with situs inversus, a rare condition in which vital organs are placed within the body in an almost mirror-image-like fashion of where they would typically be. 

And, most notably, he was born without a lower jaw.



Fast-forward and Isaiah, now a teenager, is fulfilling his dream and becoming an internet sensation — with his rapping skills.

In fact, earlier this year, his first song, "Oxygen to Fly," was released, full of inspirational lyrics and a little help from a new friend.

"I connect with rap — I enjoy the energy of it," Isaiah tells People magazine. "And I've always loved writing lyrics and quotes and putting down what bothers me into poems. Music has changed my life and now (with help from Trap House), I feel like I'm helping people with no voice."

Rapper Trap House, aka Tikey Patterson, also appears in the music video for "Oxygen to Fly." And it's obvious that he has a big role to play, as he becomes the voice of Isaiah's self-written verses. 

"Hip-hop allows you to be the voice for the voiceless," Trap House says in a video produced by Great Big Story. He first met the teenager last year through an introduction by Topher Horman, a creative producer at Children's Miracle Network who, with the help of director Torben Bernhard, helped get Isaiah's story out to the public. 

"When I met Isaiah, I didn't know what to expect," Trap House says. "Once I had an opportunity to communicate with him, I was like, 'Nah, he can talk … he has no problems talking.' "

Isaiah — who is mute and has never tasted food, according to USA Today — typically communicates through a combination of sign language, gesturing, and by using his phone, where he types out and texts messages for family and friends, and where he stores some of the ideas that come to him for future rhymes.

"He's not scared to be rejected," his mother, Tarah, reveals in Isaiah's short documentary. "[He's] been offered a jaw for a few years now. He doesn't want it, and it wasn't going to bring him quality of life. That trach wasn't going to come out, he wouldn't eat by mouth, he still wasn't going to talk. I know he has so much locked up in there that he wants to say, I mean, he'll walk around the house making beats, in the car, on the table, and I know it's just some of the words he wants to get out."

And he's determined to continue being heard.

"I write about my life. I'm working on a song about bullying," Isaiah says in Great Big Story's video. "I've been bullied online for how I look. Maybe people see me as a sick person. I don't care."

"I want people to know I have a voice."

See more of Acosta’s amazing story in the video below:

You can also help support Acosta and other children by downloading "Oxygen to Fly" and by visiting the website www.oxygentofly.org

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