Leeds deaf girl is helping others after this gift & # 39; miracle & # 39; of hearing


A LEEDS girl who was deeply deaf before cochlear implants turned her life traveled to Africa to help, as her surgeons give deaf children the gift of hearing.

Georgia Green, 15, of Rawdon, was born completely deaf and could not hear or speak a word until after her first cochlear implant in her right ear when she was two years old.

The operation was conducted at Bradford Royal Infirmary by surgeon Christopher Raine.

At age five, Georgia had a second cochlear implant in his left ear in an operation performed by surgeon David Strachan.

Georgia and her mother Sam traveled to Malawi over the weekend with Strachan and Raine, who will perform cochlear implants during the 12-day trip in children who have lost their hearing due to illness or illness.

Georgia, a student at Benton Park School in Rawdon, is serving as ambassador for the trip.

Georgia Green

Georgia Green

A YouTube video called "Georgia to Malawi" was produced by Mint at www.designbymint.com/

Georgia said in the video: "I want to show parents and their families how these implants are successful because it has had such a big impact on my life.

"I want to tell parents that their son will have an incredible life, once they have these implants."

Georgia's mother, Sam Green, said, "She's like a walking miracle – her life has been completely transformed.

Georgia Green and Family

Georgia Green and Family

"When she was born, she was completely deaf, she could not hear anything."

"It was horrible, we were very sad for Georgia. When you first make the diagnosis, think about how you can talk.

"We were out of ourselves, we were so upset about her.

"We started learning how to sign so she had communication skills and she started learning some sign language."

Georgia Green has aged five

Georgia Green has aged five

"She tried to say words like mummy but because she had not heard the word she could not say until she could hear.

"It was absolutely breathtaking when she managed to tell Mom when she was three.

"Her speech was so fast that when she was five she went to school and lost most of the hiring she learned because she did not need her anymore."

Ms. Green said that Georgia can now speak and listen perfectly and can even detect the difference between an original Abba song and a Mamma Mia version on the radio.

She said, "No one would know she's deaf."

Surgeon David Strachan said more than 1,000 cochlear implant surgeries have been performed at the Bradford Royal Infirmary since 1990.

Mr. Strachan has been conducting operations for the past 18 years and now performs more than 100 a year.

The consultant said: "It has now become the standard care for children born deaf."

Mr. Strachan made numerous visits to Malawi and first went to the southern African country five years ago.

He found that there was only one ear, nose and throat surgeon for 18 million people.

He expects to perform two or three cochlear implants on deaf children in Malawi during his last trip.

The operations, which cost about £ 15,000 each, are being sponsored by a company called MED-EL.

Strachan said: "Georgia is willing to help. We always see the parents before we do the implants and Georgia wants to be there as an example of how she's been doing for 10 years.

"She had the gift of listening and wants to give something in a country that is incredibly poor and where people have very little."

Strachan said the first cochlear implant was performed in the UK in 1988.

The first cochlear implant was performed at Bradford Royal Hospital in 1990. The hospital houses the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service.

Georgia uses a hearing aid device that is attached to a coil that turns the sound into vibrations.

A receptor implanted in the cochlea stimulates the auditory nerve, which is interpreted by the brain as sounds.

Implant connections are turned off when Georgia sleeps, bathes or bathes, or goes swimming.

Georgia's mother, Sam Green, helped relaunch the Leeds Deaf Children's Society and is now president of the organization.


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