There was no family history of deafness and not only did her parents have to come to terms with how their lives would change, but her big sister Anni learnt her sister had never heard all the times she’d said “I love you little Nel” through her mum’s belly.
This, in her own words, is Elen’s story:
When I was three months pregnant with my second daughter, I ran the Cardiff Half Marathon.
My pregnancy went really well.
Having failed her newborn hearing screening test twice, and then failing the ABR (Auditory brainstem response) tests, the audiologists confirmed, when she was six weeks old, that Nel was profoundly deaf.
When we heard those words, we were heartbroken. With no family history of deafness, it was a total shock to us.
I kept thinking back to the days when I was pregnant with Nel, and feeling so sad that she had never heard her big sister, Anni, talking to her everyday whilst she was in my belly, and never heard me say “Caru ti Nel fach” a million times to her in the early weeks of her life.
Neither did she hear her Dad sushing her to sleep whilst comforting her in the middle of the night.
One of the first things I Googled after finding out she was deaf was “How to say ‘I love you’ in sign language” and after signing this to her, I instantly felt better.
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