LITTLE Hannah Marshall who was set to have cochlear implants this year, will not have to be operated on at this stage after recent tests indicated that her hearing aids are working well and she would be able to speak and understand speech.
The Port Elizabeth Express earlier reported on little Hannah Marshall (18 months) who was born with a severe hearing loss in both her ears, and for whom fundraising was held for cochlear implants.
She was scheduled to have the implants at the end of last year, but doctors decided to wait as there could be more maturation, and the date was set for April 23 this year for Hannah’s first implant.
According to Hannah’s mother, Cathrin, her last ABR (auditory brainstem response) test, however, indicated that Hannah’s hearing aids were giving her the very best and that she would be able to speak and understand speech.
“We were thrilled with the great news. Hannah’s implants have been put on hold until further notice. This is because we will be doing an ABR test on Hannah every month for a year to see if her hearing stabilizes,” explained Cathrin.
“In the meantime we have decided to carry on with Hannah’s fundraising due to the fact that in a year’s time Hannah could need the implants. If, however, she does not need the implants, Hannah will still need upgrades to give her maximum hearing, and she will need continuous remolding as she grows. She will also need speech therapy lessons.”
The next fundraiser for Hannah will be a “Christmas in July” event at Thatchwoods on July 6, at 6.30pm for 7pm. A three-course meal will be provided and there will be some giveaways. DJ Mike Marshall will be the entertainment for the evening, and little Hannah will be there in person to meet all the people who are supporting her. Entry to the event is R160 per person.
“With all the help received for Hannah we feel we need to give back and have decided that this event will not only benefit Hannah but will also benefit a little girl whom I met recently. Her name is Hannah Goddard, and she will need cochlear implants in both her ears,” Cathrin added.
For more info regarding the fundraiser call Cathrin on 0079 676 6487.