Girl (5) robbed of hearing aids

2016-03-03 06:00
 Vuyo Ncita

Vuyo Ncita

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Vuyo Ncita (5) from Khayelitsha has been robbed of sound, after her hearing aids were stolen on Saturday.

Vuyo was diagnosed with profound bilateral sensory-neural hearing loss at the Carel du Toit School for Hearing Impaired Chat Centre when she was four. The school immediately accommodated her in their beginners’ class , which introduced her to the world of sound.

Since then, Vuyo has blossomed into a bubbly, enthusiastic learner with a lot of “spark”. With the help of her hearing aids, she has made tremendous progress in speech and language development, as well as academic progress.

However, on 27 February 2016, her world collapsed then hearing aids were taken from her ears by an unknown boy, while she was playing outside her house in Khayelitsha. Apparently he ran up to her and snatched them out of her ears. Her mother walked up and down the streets with a megaphone, asking people to help them recover the hearing aids. Several members of the community assisted them, but to no avail.

Both Vuyo and her mother, a domestic worker, are extremely distressed by the incident. The theft has been reported to the police. Unfortunately, the family could not afford insurance. The Carel du Toit Centre hopes to be able to fit Vuyo with loaned hearing aids, until it is possible to replace her own aids.

The Carel du Toit Centre offers an all-encompassing service to teach hearing impaired children to speak, through natural learning experiences and parental guidance. The aim of the Centre’s intervention is for hearing impaired children to enter mainstream schools and have adequate spoken language to integrate into the hearing society.

For more information, please contact Ruth Bourne (principal) at the Carel du Toit Centre for Hearing Impaired Children, 021 938 5303 or RBourne@careldutoit.co.za , or go to www.careldutoit.co.za .

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