Christy Keane and her husband were in love with their baby Charlotte as soon as she entered the world. She was the couple’s second daughter, and they were excited to welcome her to the family.
The problems started occurring when Charlotte was only a couple months old. She wasn’t responding to sounds or verbal cues the way babies should.
The Keanes brought Charlotte to the doctor, and were told the news. Charlotte was deaf, and the doctor was unsure if she’d ever be able to hear.
Our little darling Charly turned 2 months old yesterday. She’s such a sweet and mellow baby. She takes everything in through those eyes and has a smile that can light up a room! She loves to babble and loves her playmat. Cammy is such a GREAT big sister. She smothers her with love and learned to give her a paci to be our little helper. Charlotte is sleeping 8-9 hours through the night and goes with the flow during the day (second baby problems). She gets her hearing aids next week and met her speech therapist last week. We couldn’t be more grateful to have so many resources to navigate her hearing journey. #darlingcharly #twolittlebluebirds #2monthsold
Hearing aids and implants work for some deaf children, but Charlotte’s case wasn’t a sure thing. The doctor ordered the devices, but told Christy to temper her expectations.
The news was devastating for Christy. She knew she’d be able to handle a deaf child, but she was agonized by the thought that her daughter was unable to hear her parents tell her how much they loved her.
When the hearing aids came, Christy put them in her daughter’s ears. She didn’t expect them to work, so she was astonished by the immediate reaction on the face of Charlotte.
Her husband pulled out his phone and started recording. The video was posted on Instagram and YouTube, and it took the internet by storm.
As soon as Christy says “hello,” a smile creeps across her daughter’s lips. The smile is immediately followed by a face that could only mean little Charlotte is choking back tears.
CHARLY HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME AND HEARS ME SAY I LOVE YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME!!! (Watch til the end)And she’s holding back happy tears and emotional as her mama. ??? We had our miracle moment that I have been praying for when Char got her hearing aids today. We didn’t think she would hear anything so this was more incredible than I can put in to words. Her journey to implants and language development is off to an amazing start! #charlyshearingjourney #hearingaids #profoundhearingloss #deaf #babyhearsforthefirsttime #firsttimehearing #cochlear #2monthsold * Jukin Media Verified * Find this video and others like it by visiting https://www.jukinmedia.com/licensing/view/973436 For licensing / permission to use, please email licensing(at)jukinmedia(dot)com.
Christy continued to speak to her daughter, who was able to hear her for the very first time. It even looked like Charlotte was trying to respond to what her mother was telling her.
Towards the end, Christy told Charlotte that she loves her. At this, Charlotte raised her eyebrows and visibly swallowed the lump developing in her throat.
The emotional bond between a mother and child was perfectly captured here. The hearing aids will help Charlotte’s language skills develop, but more importantly they allowed her to hear the most important words in the English language: “I love you.”
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