Hearing For The First Time

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 11:47am

8-year-old twins hear for the first time after receiving cochlear implants.

From an orphanage in Ethiopia to Sand Springs, Okla., two 8-year-old girls faced another life-altering change Wednesday.

They heard words for the first time.

"Can you hear mamma?"

That's the first sentence Ruby Shasteen heard from her mother, Chris Shasteen.

"Her eyes were just full of tears and she's just looking around trying to figure out, 'Where's this coming from?,'" Chris Shasteen said.

It was an amazing moment to witness.

Ruby's 8-year-old sister, Kate, signed in excitement knowing she was next in line to hear.

The two conquered their first step toward hearing two weeks ago at the Community Hospital in Oklahoma City.

That's where they got the Cochlear implant, a device implanted into the ear that connects directly to the hearing nerve.

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