As you know, Jude was the lucky recipient of bilateral cochlear implants in May 2015. One year on and our littlest man is progressing in leaps and bounds. We couldn’t be prouder but we also couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity he has had.
When we found out about Jude’s hearing loss it was quite the emotional rollercoaster and unfortunately the support we received in HK was hugely lacking. We were lucky to get a referral to the Cochlear Implant Centre at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (thank you Bec Cooksey ;-) and I can honestly say that that was the difference between struggling and soaring. They are a fantastic group of people who repeatedly go above and beyond to help us, emotionally and of course professionally. The surgery was really only the start of the journey.
So down to business – this amazing Cochlear Implant Clinic is government funded and has only a few toys for the kids to play with. To put it in perspective – in the last year Jude has had over 30 appointments at the clinic, most of which were also attended by his big brother Flynny. The centre does a great job of running on time but I would estimate that we have spent well over 7 hours in the waiting room. For families that drive for hours from the country to make these vital appointments I can only imagine how much more time they have spent there.
We are raising some money so they can buy some specialised toys for the waiting room. It is not uncommon for children with hearing loss to have a multitude of other medical problems so it’s important that these toys are suitable for all kids and all abilities which of course doesn’t make them cheap.
So, in lieu of birthday presents for Jude this year, and for anyone who might have a spare couple of dollars/pounds in their pocket – please consider donating. Any donation small or petite would be gratefully received and of course will all go directly to buying the toys.
FYI this website is in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS (not Hong Kong $$)