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Heartwarming Kansas girl, 2, first hears after cochlear implant surgery

Heart-warming Kansas girl has an emotional hug with her mother, while the two-year-old first hears after cochlear implant surgery

  • Two-year-old Mavis Malone first heard her mother’s voice last week
  • A video shows Mavis from Kansas covering her face as she realizes she can hear it
  • Mavis’ cochlear implants were activated last Thursday after a four-hour operation
  • Her mother, Casey Cain Malone, said it was very “overwhelming” for Mavis

The heartwarming moment when a two-year-old girl first hears her mother’s voice after cochlear implant surgery has been captured on camera by her family.

The footage shows Mavis Malone of Kansas playing with toys while her mother, Casey Cain Malone, starts talking to her.

Casey asks her daughter “can you hear mom?” in addition to signing her name, to see if her little girl can hear her voice.

The moving moment when Mavis Malone from Kansas realizes that her mother, Casey Cain Malone, was first seen on camera by her family last Thursday

The moving moment when Mavis Malone from Kansas realizes that her mother, Casey Cain Malone, was first seen on camera by her family last Thursday

Mavis shares an emotional hug with her mother at the heartwarming moment the two-year-old hears for the first time since her four-hour cochlear implant surgery

Mavis shares an emotional hug with her mother at the heartwarming moment the two-year-old hears for the first time since her four-hour cochlear implant surgery

Mavis shares an emotional hug with her mother at the heartwarming moment the two-year-old hears for the first time since her four-hour cochlear implant surgery

Mavis looks shocked at first before covering her face with her hands, then wraps her arms around her mother’s neck in an emotional embrace.

Casey said CBS News“There’s just that split second before she covers them that I felt she wanted to cry like, ‘Ooh I heard,’ you know?”

Her parents, Casey and Ahmadd, noticed that something was wrong when they realized that Mavis was not responding to things.

“She wouldn’t even respond,” Casey Malone said Clear news. “She wouldn’t do anything until she really turned her head to look at me, and I’d startle her.”

Casey said it was very different from how her older brothers Cain and Ronin acted as babies.

Mavis was born with an EVA or enlarged vestibular aqueducts, a condition that leads to severe and total hearing loss.

Mavis was born with an EVA or enlarged vestibular aqueducts, a condition that leads to severe and total hearing loss

Mavis was born with an EVA or enlarged vestibular aqueducts, a condition that leads to severe and total hearing loss

Mavis was born with an EVA or enlarged vestibular aqueducts, a condition that leads to severe and total hearing loss

Her mom Casey (right) said they noticed something was wrong when Mavis (left) didn't respond to things when she was younger

Her mom Casey (right) said they noticed something was wrong when Mavis (left) didn't respond to things when she was younger

Her mom Casey (right) said they noticed something was wrong when Mavis (left) didn’t respond to things when she was younger

Mavis initially received hearing aids, which initially seemed to work but were no longer effective afterwards.

Her parents then opted for a four-hour operation to place cochlear implants in both ears.

The implants bypass the normal acoustic hearing process and instead deliver sound directly to the auditory nerve.

Last Thursday, Mavis’ cochlear implants were finally activated, allowing the two-year-old to hear for the first time.

Casey said it is ‘overwhelming’ for Mavis as it is ‘a lot of noise at once’ but added that she can already tell when Mavis is just ignoring them.

“I’m glad my sister can hear and love her,” said one of her older brothers.

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