Q’ela Pierce heard her parents’ voices for the first time this year.
This three-year-old girl was born with significant hearing loss and failed her newborn hearing screening. She became a candidate for a cochlear implant when things didn’t get any better and she didn’t respond well to hearing aids.
All that was in January. Her surgery took place on August 29th at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida. But the implant could be activated until October 3rd – when her incision fully healed.
The girl’s parents – Nikitia Vasser, 33, and Quaneef Pierce, 25, feared their daughter would never hear the sounds the world had to offer. However when she did for the first time, it was an emotional moment for everyone.
The entire thing is both heartwarming and heartbreaking to see the little girl playing with her toys as the implant is activated.
Immediately, she touches her head, wondering what’s just happened. Of course that you can’t really explain the whole process to a 3-year-old, especially one that still is not old enough to have a large sign language vocabulary.
The moment that her parents both softly said her name and she heard it for the first time, brought a tear to viewers’ eyes.
Although no one knows what the little girl was thinking or feeling – the doctors say the moment was not painful in any way – but she was so overwhelmed by the sensation that she squealed and put her hand in her mouth, crying hysterically.
Despite the fact that many deaf people are happy to forgo cochlear implants and live life on their own terms, the majority of parents are now opting for this treatment for their children, wanting to give them a chance to hear. However, some argue that we simply live in a world that isn’t kind to those with a disability and it’s us who define these condition as “abnormal.”
According to Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO at the National Association of the Deaf:
“This is primarily due to the philosophy of medical doctors that being deaf is a physical abnormality that should be cured,” he told INSIDER. “Many doctors who perform cochlear implant surgeries have been aggressively promoting cochlear implants as a cure.”
The thing is, there is a lot of training that goes into getting used to the devices and they aren’t always a good option for everyone. But they’re stoll touted as a medical miracle while deaf people who choose not to engage with the technology are questioned about their choices.
But it always has been and always will be a very personal choice.
That choice has so far been very rewarding for Q’ela and her family and the moment her father caught on video is sure to stick with her throughout her life.
After she’s calmed down, her dad says her name on the next try. Exact same reaction. The girl grabs her head, not quite understanding what’s going on.
The girl then she cocks her head to the side, finally getting used to the sensation.
The sensation is something to explore, since kids are wildly resilient and curious.
“Hey, you hear it? I know it. Yeah, you heard it?” we can hear her delighted parents say.
However, she figures it all out quickly, smiling and reaching out to her mother.
Even though it has been just a month, her family says Q’ela knows their voices now and is starting to recognize nature sounds.
It seems like it is a whole new world for this little girl.
Everyone make sure to scroll down below to see the sweet moment when Q’ela hears her parents’ voices for the first time ever.
Her First Time Hearing And It Broke My Heart 💔 I Couldn’t Record No More 😢 But God Is Good 🙏 It’s Only Up For Her From Here 💯 Her Support System Strong 💪🏿 P.S: It Doesn’t Hurt Her She’s Just Shocked 😳
Posted by Paul George on Thursday, October 3, 2019