If this video doesn’t melt your heart, I don’t know what will. One-year old Tristan Hayes heard his parents’ voice for the first time ever just a few short weeks after undergoing cochlear implant surgery at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
“There are no words to describe how I felt when he responded to my voice for the first time,” said Tristan’s mother, Brittany Hayes. “Every day he seems to notice a new sound, and it’s such a blessing to watch him take it all in.”
During the three-hour procedure, Dr. Mitchell embedded an internal component under the skin behind Tristan’s ears and placed electrodes inside his inner ears. The external part of the device is held in place by a magnet, and sends signals to the embedded electrodes.
Anyway, there’s a lot of science and brilliant people involved in the miracle of bringing sound to a deaf child, but the video is pretty damned touching. Give it a watch.