The single most important thing for every parent is having their child hear their voice for the very first time after birth.
Unfortunately for Ashley and Andrew Smith, this was not the case with their newborn, but in a couple of weeks, 15-month-old Corbyn Smith’s life and the life of those around her will take a turn for the better.
“We have another hearing child so we were completely blindsided, we didn’t expect to have a deaf child at all,” Corbyn’s mother Ashley Smith said.
But thanks to an overwhelmingly supportive community, Smith was able to raise funds that allowed Corbyn to have Cochlear Implant Surgery on Wednesday.
“We are very excited for Corbyn’s future, we don’t know what her response will be,” Smith said
And that is because every patient is different.
According to Kimberly Ravelo, a local Audiologist the patient’s history is generally the deciding factor.
“All of our patients tend to hear sounds with their implants, some understand words better than others,” Ravelo said.
And this is something that Corbyn’s family is prepared for, understanding the setbacks this will have on her moving forward.
“Her other senses definitely make up for it,” Smith said. “You notice she is probably a lot more observant than a normal child would be [and] we work on signing with her and she is picking up some sign so we communicate that way.”
But in about three to four weeks, the family is looking forward to a few things,
“It’s overwhelming,” Corbyn’s grandmother Sheryl Smith said. “Corbyn has a five-year-old brother that just adores her and so it will just be wonderful for them to be able to communicate better.”
“And like any child you want them to be able to hear their parents tell them that they love them,” Corbyn’s grandmother Vicky Adkins said.
Once it is determined how Corbyn responds to the implant, she will go through a series of speech therapy and mapping.
Ashley Smith said she plans on recording the exciting moment to share with everyone once Corbyn hears for the first time.
Corbyn is now the face for Yellow Rose Sertoma’s 7th annual Chili Cookoff taking place on Saturday, some proceeds from this event will help with medical expenses.