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Hear and Say alumni, Darcy had an extra reason to celebrate his birthday well this year. Lending his voice as an ambassador of the recent Hear and Say: Here to Stay Giving Day, Darcy said he was thrilled to see the campaign raise well over its initial $200,000 target, one day after he turned 22.

“I was stoked to see the community’s response to the Giving Day, because Hear and Say has had a massive butterfly effect on my life and for so many others like me. I wouldn’t have had the friends I have now, I wouldn’t have worked in all the jobs I’ve had, or gone to the school I went to, or have the beautiful relationships with my family that I do, if I hadn’t had my cochlear implants from a young age,” said Darcy.

As one of the early “Hear and Say babies”, Darcy is currently working on a property and preparing to start studies in graphic design.

Darcy said he could still remember the Hear and Say team who taught him to hear and speak many years ago, and said he still felt a special sense of community and gratitude whenever he visited the Brisbane centre.

“If I was to lose the ability to hear and speak, it would be like losing all the colour in the world. I’d be losing so much of the depth and conversations I have, and the ability to talk and be able to share opinions and ideas with everybody – that’s something that is very important to me, and a lot of people take it for granted.”

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Maia’s Story

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.

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