UAE doctors conduct their first cochlear implant on Indian girl

University Hospital Sharjah treated eight-year-old Nafiya and her parents couldn’t be happier when implant was activated for first time after two weeks of recovery from operation

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An Indian girl born with hearing difficulty is now able to hear after doctors here conducted a cochlear implant procedure on her successfully, media reported. Eight-year-old Nafiya and her parents couldn’t be happier when implant was activated for first time after two weeks of recovery from operation, Gulf News reported. This was the first cochlear implant procedure at University Hospital Sharjah, which was performed by surgeons – Ahmad Munzer Al Waa and Faheem Tadros.

“More similar operations will be conducted as there are increasing numbers of infants who are born with hearing impairments,” said Tadros. Procedure was very delicate and took a couple of hours.

Discussing the procedure, Munzer said, “An electrode is implanted in inner ear where the child is able to hear sounds for first time. Gradually, with help of special software, sounds are adjusted to near normal level.

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“This would eventually help Nafiya hear all the sounds and cope with communication demands,” he added.

Sharjah TV sponsored cost of procedure for Indian expatriate girl. A cochlear implant costs about $40,840.

“Now my daughter can hear us speak. She will listen to music, the birds sing and all the sounds of the world. This is a special day for our family and is one we will never forget,” Nafiya’s father was quoted as saying.

Source: The Indian Express