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Kerrie and Mia Arnott are one impressive mother-daughter duo. Born with cerebral palsy, Mia was 15 months old when her family received the staggering news that she was profoundly deaf in both ears. By the time Mia reached her second birthday she had her first cochlear implant, opening her up to an exciting new world of sound and language. After initially receiving support in Sydney from The Shepard Centre, Mia and Kerrie would make the move from New South Wales to Queensland, and looked to Hear and Say for Mia’s listening and spoken language support. “When we started, the Hear ...
At 9.10pm on 24 October 2013 our beautiful daughter Maia was born.
The moment of elation was short-lived as we immediately noticed her left ear was missing. I frantically looked to the medical team around me for answers but received none.
Panic set in as we waited 4 days in hospital for an ENT to explain her condition, by which point we already had all the answers from Simone, who runs the Microtia and Atresia Program at Hear and Say.