Taking the next step to fix Launelle's hearing.
Launelle is a 10 year old girl who was diagnosed with a right profound hearing loss and a left mild to profound hearing loss at the end of October 2012. She was fitted with a left hearing aid. Her hearing was re-tested a year later and her ability to hear low pitches in her left ear had gotten a lot worse. Because her hearing is deteriorating, she needs to continue wearing her left hearing aid, but now needs to get a cochlear implant in her right ear.
Hi, my name is Launelle, I am 10 years old and I was diagnosed with a right profound hearing loss and a left mild to profound hearing loss at the end of October 2012. I was fitted with a left hearing aid as it was too expensive for my family to buy two hearing aids at the same time. My hearing was re-tested a year later and my ability to hear low pitches in my left ear had gotten a lot worse. Because my hearing is deteriorating, I need to continue wearing my left hearing aid but I now need to get a cochlear implant in the right ear.
The left hearing aid has helped me improve my grades at school and I work on my speech impairment with a speech therapist. I am blessed to have progressed to Grade 5 without failing or being kept behind. I would love to keep up with my 100% pass rate but this may not be possible as it seems that my hearing is getting worse over time. The cochlear implant
will give me the best chance of a normal education but the medical tests, the cochlear implant and the operation is very expensive. Because of this, I really need financial support.
I always try my best to live a normal life but I find it difficult to hear my teachers and tutors at school, and my family at home even with the left hearing aid. Although I am not sure how I have done this, I have taught myself to lip read when people speak to me. I love to dance because this helps me to express myself in other ways.
My parents are doing their best with limited resources to help me improve my hearing and speech, and help me to have the best education possible as I would love to be independent as an adult one day. I have always been told that I am intelligent, hardworking, eager to learn, well disciplined, self-controlled, responsible and respectful. But most of all, I love being lively, playful and full of beans, and that’s why my 5 year old brother and I get along so well. One of my biggest fears is that I won’t be able to be the sister he can depend on because of my hearing impairment.
My brother has asthma so I know that he also has to fight similar battles to mine, like being scared that people will think we are different to everyone else. I have accepted that I may be treated differently in the world but I know that God will always love and accept me. My only wish is that I could get the best chance of hearing as much as I possibly can.
For this to happen, I first must get a MRI and CT scan of the cochlea to see if the cochlea is implantable. We need your help and financial support of R13 500.00 so that I can go for the MRI and CT scan. After that procedure the ENT specialist will tell me if I’m a candidate for a cochlear implant.
A cochlear implant is expensive and we will organise events to raise the R360 000.00 for the cochlear implant cost. This total includes the hospital and dr’s costs. We have no medical aid.
I would appreciate it so much if you could please help me make my dreams come true.
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