Saudi boy hears for the first time after cochlear implant operation

Saudi boy hears for the first time after cochlear implant operation

It was a medical procedure that will potentially change the destiny of a four-year-old boy in Saudi Arabia.

Wajdi Al Nasi, who was born deaf and has never uttered a word, was able to hear for the first time after undergoing a delicate procedure at King Khalid Hospital in Najran.

Wajdi giggled with delight after hearing sounds through an earpiece, having undergone a four-hour cochlear implant operation.

It followed two years of checks and tests at the hospital’s otolaryngology department to check on the reliability of his auditory nerve and cochlea.

After resigning themselves to a life without sounds for Wajdi, his overjoyed father, Fadl Al-Hilali, said the family will now try to teach him how to speak.

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