Cochlear implants are amazing things. By connecting and sending signals directly to the auditory nerve, the small devices allow children who were born deaf -- children like Jayde Scholl -- to hear. Every single success story is nothing short of miraculous, and witnessing the pure joy and wonder on the face of a child who just heard his mother's voice for the first time is indescribably inspiring. But 5-year-old Jayde Scholl's story is even more amazing than most, because Jayde came into this world with the odds so stacked against her no one thought she would even survive.
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Born in China, Jayde was abandoned in a public square when she was only 8 months old. She spent most of her early childhood in an orphanage -- until last year, when she was adopted by the most absolutely perfect pair of parents possible: Jacque Scholl, M.D., a doctor of audiology, and her husband. Then, this past February, Jayde underwent surgery to install a cochlear implant.
To see how Jayde reacted to the sound of her mother's voice, watch the clip below (but be sure to have tissues nearby!). She's simply too adorable for words:
Especially when you consider how far she's come, right? (Plus that gap-toothed smile and those little pig tails are ridiculously cute!)
Do you know anyone who ever had cochlear implant surgery?
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