(Sacramento Bee) Many parents have videos of their baby’s first steps. John and Kristen Scifres of Granite Bay cherish footage of the moment their baby could first hear.
Their son, Kevin, now a first-grader, was born deaf, the result of a rare recessive gene. At 9 months old, he had cochlear implant surgery, making him among the first children in the world under a year old to have the operation, and one of only a few to have both ears implanted simultaneously.
With video camera rolling, headphones were placed on Kevin, the implants were activated, and he heard his first sounds, the beeps of the hearing test.