STORIES OF HOPE
MBALENTLE’S COCHLEAR IMPLANT WAS A SOUND CHOICE
When Mbalentle was 7 months old she suffered flu-like symptoms but the high fever over a two day period caused concern for her mother, Singathwa, who had a sixth sense that something was very wrong. The toddler was referred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s where she was hospitalised for two weeks and diagnosed with meningitis that had unfortunately led to deafness. Singathwa’s first response was, “How long? How long will my baby be deaf?” Three months later she was fitted with bilateral hearing aids, which opened conversations with curious minded people in her home community.
Mbalentle family had a brief period of denial, not understanding how a healthy born baby can suddenly have a hearing impairment when there is no family history of it. While it was a daunting experience for the family, they found an answer to their prayers at the Carel du Toit Centre in Parow.
Mbalentle had her cochlear implant surgery at Tygerberg Hospital in October 2014 and since her enrolment at the Carel du Toit Centre she has acquired words to help her on her road to speech language acquisition that will pave the way for a brighter future.
A common thought in the minds of parents who face such news is that the hearing impaired child will speak immediately and that was the same hope Singathwa anticipated. This dream came true weeks later only and ignited a feeling of pure joy when Singathwa fetched Mbalentle from class one day and she lifted her brightened face to exclaim” Mamma”. It was music to her mom’s ears and a definite confirmation that her child was in the hands of the best interventionists, audiologists and therapeutic specialists for her little one. Singathwa still has to sometimes explain to commuters en route to the Centre what’s on her child’s ear and is sometimes told that she’ll outgrow it but Singathwa knows this is not true.
Mbalentle is one of many children at the Carel du Toit Centre in need of our fundraising support and we wish to encourage you to donate and help hearing impaired children from all over the peninsula and also from beyond our Province. Make the right choice and donate today.
Tap into your support system, Carel du Toit Centre is there for you. Like Liverpool, you never walk alone. It’s a long journey. It’s a journey you don’t prepare yourself for but it’s an exciting journey. I would never ever change (Gia) for anything. All this uncertainty you feel now, you will look back on it and it won’t be the end of your world. It’s the beginning of an exciting journey ahead.
– Dad Johan
“Our children deserve the best we have to give them using the knowledge available to us. Even if it means we have to learn new things.” – Rebecca Eanes, Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide.
They say nothing happens overnight… When we found out that our son had a hearing loss, we imagined a long, difficult and stressful journey. Once we enrolled for CHAT at the Carel Du Toit Centre, just like that… “overnight” our journey changed. Besides the support and care we received here, we have received a wealth of knowledge, a change in perspective and the tools to help us be the best parents possible.
Parent guidance sessions at CHAT has made an incredible impact on our lives and guided us magnificently in raising our son. We are certain that now our son has nothing but THE BEST. I never wish for our situation to be different. I don’t wish (Mustafaa) could hear and I don’t wish he didn’t have hearing aids. In fact I am grateful to God for this miracle. This experience can be described as magical. We notice others with disabilities. We care for them and pray for them and we become human. It brings you down to earth. I never imagined a parent’s role to be this great and what impact you make on your child’s life.
– Mom Nazmeera
“We have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity of having [our son] accepted at Carel du Toit Centre. When Christian started here he was a shy child with limited vocabulary, today he is a confident young boy who loves school and learning. This is because of the dedication and wonderful support of the staff.”
– Michael and Judy Serra
“Vir ons as ouers bied elkeen van julle vir ons berusting in ons kinders se toekoms. Nie net in die manier wat hulle opvoeding en terapie ontvang nie, maar ook die geweldige liefde waarmee hulle deur elkeen van julle gekoester word.”
– Christien en Jan Klingler
“The hopelessness and devastation that we felt after Kerwin was diagnosed with profound hearing loss all started to change as soon as we placed our feet in the place called Carel du Toit. The friendly and caring service we received at the [CHAT Centre] will always stay in our memories.”
– Mark and René Matthys
I had to admit my child is a deaf child. I was in the world of denial; we didn’t want to tell friends, we didn’t want to tell anybody. It was not easy, really not easy. We had to break their (the family’s) eyes to explain the story of this big thing on her head. And one day she (Mbali) just said “Mama” and my tears fell.
– Mom Singathwa