PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A Valley teenager who is born without a jaw and unable to speak is able to communicate in a big way, through music.
Isaiah Acosta writes rap music, and he worked together with Valley rap artist Trap House on a viral music video, named "Oxygen to Fly".
"There's so many non-verbal people and kids out there," said Isaiah's mother, Tarah. "He's non-verbal, so obviously there's a little title over his head of what he's capable of and not capable of."
Isaiah had a rough early life.
"When he was born, he was on oxygen. We were told he wasn't going to survive, and if he did, he'd be brain damaged. He has a tube in his stomach a tube in his neck to breathe," said Tarah.
Isaiah, however, beat the odds. Now 18 years old, he graduated from Apollo High School, and he's looking forward to college. In addition, Isaiah writes rap songs, and has a growing music career.
"Oxygen to Fly" has already been viewed more than a million times, and proceeds from downloads of the song go to Phoenix Children's Hospital.
"He likes Drake," said Trap House. "I know he likes 50 Cent. I know he likes some of the new rappers like Lil Pump, and just drawing from a lot of different places."
In his lyrics, Isaiah says he doesn't care what people think of him. He hopes his words inspires others.
"We want to involve as many people n the creative process as possible, just to make it as fun as possible," said Trap House.
Isaiah and Trap House are continuing work on their new CD, and Isaiah recently attended the Billboard Music Award in Las Vegas, where his story was shared.
"I know his fans, the viewers, they see this picture he's doing good," said Tarah. "On the backside, he does get sick a lot. He has health issues."
One of isaiah's goals is to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.
"We really want people to know they can reach their dreams, reach their goals, and for people to choose kindness, I think that's the biggest message of all," said Tarah.
Oxygen to Fly - Music Video