Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dad gets sweet implant tattoo for his deaf daughter

Charlotte Campbell age 6 with her dad Alistair who had a cochlear implant tattooed on his head to support Charlotte who is deaf.

Charlotte, 6, who had her first implant put in at the age of 4 in 2013, has just had her second one put in at Gillies Hospital. In a gesture of support, her father, Alistair Campbell, had his own "implant" tattooed on the left side of his head recently. Mr. Campbell, who had no other tattoos, said he wanted to do it to show her that he could go through a little bit of pain for her too.

 When Charlotte saw her dad's version of a cochlear implant she giggled, touched it and told him it was "cool". Charlotte's mum, Anita Campbell, wasn't so sure her daughter had quite grasped the significance of the tattoo yet. She hoped her daughter's latest implant in her right ear would further "enhance her life".

Mrs. Campbell's mother had a cochlear implant and her second-son, Lewis, 8, wore hearing aids so she wasn't surprised when Charlotte was diagnosed. She said things were a bit "up and down" for a while as the diagnosis evolved from just a mild hearing impairment, to the news Charlotte was profoundly deaf in her left ear and had a condition which limited the ability to transmit sound to her brain in her right.

A photo showing Mr. Campbell, holding his daughter, with the picture of the implant tattooed on his bald head.

People from as far afield as France and Germany praising Mr. Campbell for the tattoo.

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