Watch the heartwarming moment this deaf toddler hears for the first time after getting ‘miracle’ implants that changed her life

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A beaming smile sweeps across her face and suddenly Chloe Ring’s tiny head is bobbing up and down.Sitting on her mother Jane’s lap she stops still for a second consumed by a puzzled look, as she tries to comprehend the enormity of what is happening. Seconds later she starts bobbing her head once more, immersed in the excitement of sound.Mrs Ring will never forget the special moment, it was September 3, 2009, the day her now five-year-old daughter’s life was opened up to the world.As doctors at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children turned on Chloe’s cochlear implants, one at a time, her face radiates sheer amazement.Scroll down for videosA beaming smile sweeps across tiny Chloe Ring’s face as doctors switch-on her cochlear implants, allowing the then 14-month-old to hear for the first time+15A beaming smile sweeps across tiny Chloe Ring’s face as doctors switch-on her cochlear implants, allowing the then 14-month-old to hear for the first timePuzzled by what was happening the toddler stops still her face overcome with concentration as she tries to comprehend the sounds around her+15Puzzled by what was happening the toddler stops still her face overcome with concentration as she tries to comprehend the sounds around herSitting on mother Jane Ring’s knee, Chloe suddenly starts nodding her head, bobbing up and down as she gets used to hearing Mrs Ring’s voice for the first time+15Sitting on mother Jane Ring’s knee, Chloe suddenly starts nodding her head, bobbing up and down as she gets used to hearing Mrs Ring’s voice for the first timeUntil that point, Chloe’s world had been silent and isolated.She spent her days lying on her back at the family’s home in Exeter trying to make sense of her life without sound or sight.When she was just a week old, doctors told Mrs Ring and her husband Neil – who also has a hearing loss – that their precious child was profoundly deaf.Four months later, as the couple battled a rollercoaster of emotions coming to terms with the fact Chloe would never hear their voices, their world fell apart.After detecting a lazy eye, doctors ordered more tests, which showed Chloe was also blind.Mrs Ring said due to her husband having a hearing loss, Chloe was given a hearing test just a day after she was born.They had been told that his condition could not be passed onto any offspring the couple may have.Describing the feeling, when Chloe was a week old and tests revealed she was profoundly deaf, Mrs Ring told MailOnline: ‘It was really devastating. For us, and for Neil’s family – they were going through it all again. Chloe, who is now five years old, was born deaf and blind. When she was a week old her parents Jane and Neil Ring were told tests had shown their daughter could not hear+15Chloe, who is now five years old, was born deaf and blind. When she was a week old her parents Jane and Neil Ring were told tests had shown their daughter could not hearWhen Chloe was four months old, doctors gave her parents Neil and Jane the heartbreaking news that not only was their child deaf, but she was also blind. Mrs Ring said: ‘Our world fell apart. It felt really, really dark’+15When Chloe was four months old, doctors gave her parents Neil and Jane the heartbreaking news that not only was their child deaf, but she was also blind. Mrs Ring said: ‘Our world fell apart. It felt really, really dark’In August 2009 Chloe underwent a five-hour operation to have cochlear implants fitted+15In August 2009 Chloe underwent a five-hour operation to have cochlear implants fitted’Those first few days are all a bit of a blur, in a way. You are trying to deal with what’s happening and face it, but everything happens so fast.’We were immediately referred to a raft of specialists, audiologists and others, there was no time to stop and take it all in.’As the whirlwind of hospital appointments consumed the couple, Mrs Ring said she and her husband had not even contemplated something might be wrong with their newborn’s eyes.’I have worked with children with disabilities and in deaf arts,’ she said. ‘I love reading and so finding out Chloe was deaf and the thought of not being able to read to my daughter was really devastatingBut at the back of my mind, I knew that we would have sign language, at the time that was what I held on to as our way through it.’At Chloe’s eight-week check, a doctor told her parents they had detected a lazy eye.’It was the first time I had thought about her sight,’ said Mrs Ring. ‘But when the doctor said that, I think I realised. She didn’t seem to register things when we moved in front of her.’It was another month before Chloe’s first eye




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    Beautiful