The gift of sound

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Baby Elise could feel her father’s warmth. She could see her mother’s smile. But something was missing.

“We went from shock to immediately, what do we need to do?” said her mother, Jill Bradshaw.

Elise was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome, which in her case left her profoundly deaf due to missing auditory nerves in the cochlea.

“Her world was smaller. Things that were happening left and right weren’t necessarily something she was aware of,” said Bradshaw. “They said they didn’t see the nerve and that she wasn’t a candidate for cochlear implants.”

However, there was another option, an auditory brainstem implant. The Bradshaw’s traveled from Texas to Massachusetts General Hospital for the procedure.

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