Feb 2019 The Epoch Times

Aida, a little girl from Rochester, Minnesota, was born with Waardenburg syndrome. The rare genetic condition, which affects 1 in 40,000 people, causes deafness and pigment changes of the eyes, hair, and skin. As a result, Aida was born profoundly deaf. For the first seven months of her life, Aida couldn’t hear her parents, or anything for that matter. After repeated visits to the doctors, her parents decided to get her a cochlear implant.

In a November 2018, video uploaded by the Mayo Clinic, we are able to witness Aida discover her sense of hearing for the very first time in her young life—and her reaction is absolutely adorable.

Not only is she hearing the world around her, she is hearing mom and dad for the first time.

Her father tells her: “Hi honey, hi! Hey beautiful can you hear me?” Her mother chimes in, “Hi big girl, hello!” 

aidaWhen asked about the making of the video, her father said “this moment was seven months in the making.”

Little Aida looks wide-eyed in astonishment and seems to reach for her mom’s mouth. It’s obvious she can tell where the sound is coming from!

Imagine how her parents feel at this moment. Mom and dad tell her, “We love you! We do!”

Though the girl’s parents know that the journey ahead may be tough, the incredible moment when their little angel was able to hear for the very first time is something they can look back upon to keep them going. Weeks after, the little girl not only enjoys listening to her parents speak but also hearing her own voice. Her mother said: “Every time you put in her ears, she has to sit for a few minutes and listen to herself talk. It’s amazing to see.”

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