Deaf Ffynnongroyw baby set to hear for first time

Published date: 02 April 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A BABY who was born deaf is set to hear sound for the very first time.

Little Amelie Ring’s mother Vicky said it is going to be an emotional and amazing experience to see her daughter react to noise in a little over a fortnight’s time.

The tot has undergone gruelling surgery to get to this stage and at the end of last year came close to death while being prepared to go on the operating table.

In December, the 20-month-old stopped breathing after receiving an anaesthetic ahead of a life-changing operation to help her hear.

This meant surgeons had to abandon plans to insert bilateral cochlear implants – a surgically implanted electronic device which provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf.

But last week the implants were put in place and Vicky, 30, described the operation as being a success.

It was a day the family thought they may never have seen.

Vicky, of Ffynnongroyw, said: “Amelie had an operation to have the implants in December – but they had to stop because she stopped breathing.

“When she couldn’t have the operation the first time round, we started thinking what if she can never have an anaesthetic or never have the operation?

“It has all been quite tense all the way through until last Monday.”

Vicky, who also has a five-month-old son Louis, added: “The operation was a success.

“Now it will take three weeks for the implants to heal.

“She can’t hear anything at the moment. On April 17 they will switch on the implants and she will be able to hear for the very first time.

“It is going to be emotional.

“It will also be interesting to see how she reacts.

“She might cry, laugh or smile – I just hope she likes it.”

Vicky said when the implants are first activated, Amelie will be able to hear a whisper sound and as the weeks go by the sound will be altered, gradually getting louder.

Vicky and her husband Robin, 41, will also have to take their daughter for regular speech and language therapy.

Amelie, who was born profoundly deaf when she arrived premature after 28 weeks, suffered a major loss of blood while inside Vicky, resulting in her having nine blood transfusions and spending her first 102 days in Glan Clwyd Hospital.

The toddler has also undergone a heart operation during her short life.

“It has all been quite traumatic,” said Vicky.

But now the family are hoping for a better future after the ear implants.

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