A 3-year-old girl was in tears on hearing her parent’s voices for the first time in her life.
Q’ela Pierce, was deaf from birth, but in a cute clip she can be seen playing with her toys the moment her cochlear implant was switched on. She bursts into tears while putting her hands on her head in disbelief as she hears sounds for the first time.
She was shocked hearing the voices of her parents, Florida native, Nikitia Vasser, 33, and Quaneef Pierce, 25 as he speaks out her name and immediately draws her attention to him and puts her hands on her head in excitement.
It put an end to a painful journey of the family who were told that their daughter had failed her newborn screening. She again failed another test a few months later and did not respond to speech and language through hearing aids.
She became a candidate for a cochlear implant and her surgery was done in Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando, Florida. Now that her incision had fully healed, her family was able to be a part of the activation.
Ever since Quaneef shared the video on Facebook, saying ‘First time hearing and it broke my heart,’ the family have been receiving an outpouring of support.
Watch: Precious moment when a deaf girl hears her parents’ voices for the first time
Her mother, Nikitia, said: ‘This journey has been really rough, but I never gave up hope so I was ecstatic and emotional during the activation.’ She added, ‘Since activation my family has been so excited, and everyone works on speech with Q’ela and makes sure she keeps her coil attached to her head.
She added that Q’ela is doing well and still doesn’t understand from where human sounds come from, but she recognizes nature sounds. ‘I hope this video lets others know there is hope for you or your loved one to hear again.’