According to Tutu Branch it was a day for this young boy when he receives the biggest joy of his life! The day he could finally hear people speak after meeting her guardian angel, a woman volunteer and the boy shed tears!The seven-year-old boy from Guatemala received the gift of hearing on Monday and was moved to tears after hearing his parents speak for the very first time via Skype.
Jenri Rivera, who was born deaf, was able to travel to America for treatment thanks to the Ray of Hope Medical Missions, a not-for-profit group in Fort Wayne, Indiana as three years ago Jenri had met her guardian angel, Erin Van Oordt of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who was working in Guatemala as a volunteer.
‘There was something special about him from the beginning,’ Van Oordt told wane.com.
‘I started talking to him, and he couldn't hear me. I knew my Spanish wasn't that bad, so I started asking around and they said he hasn't heard since he was little. I said we need to figure this out, and that's when we started the whole process.’
In order for Jenri to be eligible for a medical visa to get to the U.S., every part of the process had to be a donation including the $40,000 cochlear implant donated by Advanced Bionics and the procedure to install it, which was performed by Dr. Disher at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
The implant was activated on Monday by Dr. Tina Sheehan of Focus Audiology and Hearing Services.
It was an extremely emotional moment for everyone as the young boy got to hear his parent's voices for the very first time.
'I had a flashback to the first time I met him, when he couldn't hear me, and he could this time. Everything we've done in the past three years came flooding back. It was all worth it.'
What a remarkable turn of event for a young lad!