Many moms-to-be play music, read stories, or talk to their babies while they are pregnant. We assume our babies can hear us and will then recognize our voice once they are born. But sadly this is not always the case.
Gavin Arroyo of Buffalo, New York was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him severely deaf and mostly blind in one eye with low vision in the other.
He relies on his other senses, like touch and taste, to experience the world around him. But in December, the 3-year-old finally heard the sound of his mom’s voice. Just months after he endured a six-hour surgery for cochlear implants.
In this video, Gavin clearly perks up as the implant is activated, leaning in for a sweet kiss when he hears his mom’s voice for the first time. His mother, Jennifer, says she never gave up hope that this amazing moment would come.
“I always know, even in my darkest hours,” she said, “I’m going to be OK. He’s going to be OK. We’ve come way too far not to be OK.”
Jennifer will continue to rely on her faith to keep her strong and positive during what’s expected to be a lengthy road to recovery. I look forward to reading future updates about Gavin’s progress!
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