This deaf mom just thought she was sitting down for an interview, but watch what Ellen does next…
Sarah was born with defective DNA that stopped the hair in her middle ears from forming. Because of this, she spent 34 years not knowing what it’s like to hear.
From chirping birds, to thunder, to her own laugh and her husband’s snoreit was all foreign to her…until recently.
The procedure that allowed her to hear is nothing short of miraculous, but it’s also crazy expensive, $30,000-per-ear expensive.
Sarah and her husband couldn’t afford it by themselves, so Sarah’s mother-in-law Lari decided to cash in her retirement savings to help pay for Sarah to get one ear done. There was no insurance, so this was straight out-of-pocket.
Ellen was so moved by whatLari did that she invited the family on the show to share their story and give them a HUGE surprise! Watch this family’s reactions as Ellendoes what Ellen does best: Surprise the socks off of peoplewho deserve it most!!
And seethe tear-jerking video of Sarah hearing for the first time here (Warning: you’ll need some tissues for this one, if you haven’t already used up the whole box!):
Sarah has started towrite about her journey in her blog, In the world, but not of the world. She’sbeen through quite a tough and emotional ride, but she’s remained positive and thankful through it all.
In one post entitled “Thankfulness,” sheshares how grateful she is for the man who invented the device that has changed her life:“The one thing I always think of when people mention ‘being thankful’…..but certainly not the least. I’m continually thankful for the man who sat at his kitchen table 30+ years ago and drew up the design for the Esteem Implant I have.Sadly, he was killed in a car wreck before ever seeing the fruits of his labor.”
She addedthat his daughters attempted to get the Esteem implant off the ground, but they couldn’t afford it.
“They ended up selling the patent to their Father’s design, and after millions upon millions of dollars, much testing, research, blood, sweat, and tears spent…….the Esteem came to fruition, she added.“I met these ladies at a shareholder meeting and was brought to tears as they told me their father would’ve been so happy to see his device helping others like me.”
Sarah continues to live life to the fullest, choosing to hear all sorts of sound in full, blaring, living color. She even went to see rockband Megadeth!
“I recently got to spend a few days in Vegas thanks to Megadeth front man, Dave Mustaine,” she writes. “It was our first trip to Vegas, and my first rock concert. It was loud, but good!!! We were impressed with his guitar skills!!!”
We’re so happy for this inspirational young woman who refuses to take the little things for granted. We hope she continues to march to the beat of her own drum and hear her amazing laughter along the way!
Read more: http://www.faithit.com/ellen-surprises-the-socks-off-of-this-deaf-mother-when-she-does-this-on-air-entertainment/