Watch the Emotional Moment When a 13-Year-Old's Hearing Is Restored
An emotional moment between a mother and daughter has gone viral.
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch video shows the moment 13-year-old Amanda Eshelman had her hearing restored after successful cochlear implant surgery.
"I said, 'Hi, baby,' and she just started crying, and I started crying," Betsy Eshelman, Amanda's mother, told TODAY.
Amanda has enlarged vestibular aqueducts, which caused deafness in her left ear at a young age. She also had begun losing her hearing in her right ear as well.
During her surgery, doctors implanted an electrode array in her left ear, which would help Amanda pick up sounds electronically rather than acoustically.
The device was activated Dec. 1, sparking the heartfelt reaction between mother and daughter.
Be sure to watch the emotional video above.