Chisomo is a 6 year old girl from Bangwe which is just outside of Blantyre. She has a twin sister named Chikondi. Both were born infected with Yellow Fever, and they spent several months in Kangaroo Care until they were healthy enough to go home.
Chisomo’s father Joseph reports that he believes Chisomo has hearing loss since she was born. She has normal development except her speech was delayed. Her father mentioned that Chisomo’s grandmother was born with hearing loss and never spoke.
Chisomo and Chikondi are in the same class at school where Chikondi is performing very well. While Chisomo is struggling, having behavioural issues and is quite shy – all of these issues could be related to her hearing loss.
She was diagnosed with a moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. Yesterday, on the 20th of February, she was fitted with two hearing aids that were donated by Hansaton Hungary and brought by a visiting ENT team from Budapest. Chisomo was very excited to get her hearing aids and was giggling at the new sound of her voice.
We are looking forward to hear about from Chisomo next month at her follow-up appointment.
She is pictured with her father and twin sister.