The Pediatric Cochlear Implant Team at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital were able to restore a toddlers hearing. The toddlers name is Annabelle, and her mothers name is Florio.
“With the first implant, we noticed that, yes, she could hear something. But as soon as she got that second implant, it was like a switch was flipped and everything started to go really quickly,” Florio says. “She’s trying to say her ABCs, she knows about eight different colors and the noises of different animals – says ‘ooo’ for ‘moo’ – and has really started catching up a lot quicker than what was expected. It’s wonderful. She’s babbling, making noises and starting to sing. She knows the difference between when people are speaking and when they are singing. Every time she hears music, she stands up and dances.”
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