He was born prematurely at 25 weeks. He weight only 1 pound at birth, and he lost became blind due to the oxygen therapy he received during his time in the neonatal intensive care unit. Doctors werent hopeful that Derek would survive because his body had not had enough time to develop. But Derek managed to beat the odds
As he grew older, Derek began to realize that he was blessed with a musical gift. Although he had autism and was unable to complete simple tasks like buttoning a button or remembering his own age, Derek could play any song from memory with the utmost passion and grace. His musical prowess is unprecedented, especially considering he cant see!
Dereks story is truly inspiring, and it shows the world how music can connect us when other forms of communication cant. Its amazing to see how a man, who lacks so much, persevere and make the most of his situation. I cant help but feel inspired and touched by his story.