The moment a deaf baby could hear her mother say “I love you” for the first time was truly a gift. Baby Charlotte’s reaction to hearing her mother’s voice was captured on video and it is so touching and emotional. Mom Christy Keane and her husband were thrilled to welcome their second daughter Charlotte, who was happy and healthy at birth, but began experiencing some issues when she didn’t respond to sound or verbal cues.
After taking her to the doctor, the Keanes were told that Charlotte was deaf and it was uncertain if she would ever hear again. They decided to try hearing aids to see if it could help her hear again, but of course, nothing was a sure thing.
Christy posted an adorable photo of Charlotte on Instagram in 2017, explaining: “It still feels strange to say out loud — our daughter is deaf. To be honest, it still doesn’t fully seem real. Like what? How can this sweet, perfect baby not hear me? She never heard me tell her how much I prayed for her when she was in my belly, she never heard me welcome her in to the world, she’s never heard me sing her to sleep — and the hardest to handle — she’s never heard me say ‘I love you.’ Sometimes I worry the darkness and silence must feel overwhelmingly lonely and scary for her at night. I pray my touch and presence is enough to reassure her throughout the day. There are still heartbreaking truths in our otherwise hopeful situation — but I choose not to dwell on that too much. When this sweet child locks her eyes on mine, I just know she feels our love for her, our protection, and our hopes.”
Christy continued, explaining that the family was beginning to “embark on her hearing journey,” noting that “No matter what this journey brings, we will love you through it.”
Amazingly, the hearing aids did their job and Charlotte’s reaction to being able to hear the world around her made her face light up. Christy’s husband recorded the moment on his cell phone and posted it online — no surprise that it quickly went viral, winning over the hearts of everyone who viewed it.
In the video, Christy says “hello” and Charlotte responds with a smile and then appears to be moved to tears. Christy continues to speak to Charlotte, then tells her she loves her, and the baby’s response of raised eyebrows and choking back tears is so, so touching.
When Christy posted the video on Instagram, she explained: “CHARLY HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME AND HEARS ME SAY I LOVE YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME!!! (Watch til the end) And she’s holding back happy tears and emotional as her mama. We had our miracle moment that I have been praying for when Char got her hearing aids today. We didn’t think she would hear anything so this was more incredible than I can put in to words. Her journey to implants and language development is off to an amazing start.”