A man has tattooed an image of a hearing implant on his head to support his daughter who wears two implants fitted to help deal with her profound deafness.
Alistair Campbell, of Taupo, New Zealand, shaved his head and got the tattoo for his daughter Charlotte, 6, who got her first cochlear implant when she was 4. Charlotte has recently received her second cochlear implant.
According to The New Zealand Herald, after the girl saw her dad’s tattoo of a cochlear implant, she laughed, touched it, and told him it was “cool”.
1. Father Alistair Campbell got a tattoo of a cochlear implant on his head to show his support for daughter Charlotte, six, who is forced to wear two of the devices to deal with her profound deafness.
Alistair told The Herald that he would now be growing his hair back, however he would shave it on special occasions in future to show off the tattoo or if Charlotte wanted to see it.
The six-year-old girl was at first diagnosed with a mild hearing impairment, however her family learned that she was profoundly deaf in her left ear and had a condition which limits the sound her brain hears from her right ear.
Charlotte’s diagnosis did not come as a surprise, however, as her maternal grandmother, as well as her 8-year-old brother, Lewis, also wear hearing impairments, The Herald reported.
2. Charlotte had her first cochlear implant fitted to her left ear at age four, to bypass her damaged inner ear, and last week had a second implant fitted to her right ear.
After the girl got her first implant, her mother, Anita Campbell, observed a big change in her behavior — she says her daughter went from an introvert to a social butterfly.
The girl’s new implant will enable her to hear more sound and help better distinguish sound direction, The Hearing House fundraising and communications manager Mary Jane Boland told the newspaper.
The Hearing House is a charitable organization for deaf children and their families.
The father-and-daughter picture has been shared widely on social media, with supporters from across the world sending their support to the family.
3. Mr. Campbell said he got the tattoo “out of love” for his daughter, adding that the significance of it has yet to fully sink in, but he hopes she will appreciate it more as she grows older.
Read more: The New Zealand Herald.
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