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Dancing in the Silence

Every time YaTong saw someone dancing, she had to join in.

YaTong’s mother, Mrs. Zhu, says, “Her eyes got wide and sparkly.  She smiled and laughed as she danced along.”

But sadly, this little dancer couldn’t even hear her own laughter or the music she danced to -- because she was deaf.   

“When other kids were talking, YaTong didn’t even babble. I got a doctor to examine her ears. But didn’t’ think that he would say she’d never hear a single sound. You don’t understand. My child would never speak! There would be no way she would find a job or get married,” says Mrs. Zhu.

A doctor said a cochlear implant might help, but the Zhus are poor peanut farmers who only make about 65 dollars a month.  So, Mrs. Zhu got a second job at a factory and finally YaTong got a cochlear implant.  While it helped her to hear the music she danced to, she still couldn’t speak.

“She just pointed to what she wanted to eat or drink,” remembers Mrs. Zhu. “Pretty soon, everyone started gossiping about Yatong and saying she was a mute.  

YaTong needed specialized speech therapy and a hearing aid for her other ear for her treatment to be complete.

“I felt so sorry for my daughter,” says Mrs. Zhu. “She would never speak.  And we couldn’t do anything else for her.  We spent everything already and no one would lend us money.”

When CBN heard about YaTong, we gave her the hearing aid she needed and we spent her to speech school.  

Mrs. Zhu says, “Now she can communicate with other people.”  

YaTong says, “I love my mom and dad!”

“It’s like the gates of the universe have swung open and a world of opportunity is available to her now because of your help,” says Mrs. Zhu.

“Her character has changed so much,” says YaTong’s teacher. “She’s always happy now, like a happy little elf.  Blessings on everyone who helped us! You got us out of very difficult times and brought sunshine into our family. I hope that more caring people will partner with CBN to help other poor people like us.”

YaTong says, “Thank you CBN! I love you!”

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