May 10, 2019
Ten-year-old Jaylin always knew her mom loved her, but it was only earlier this week that she got to hear the words for the first time. That's because the cochlear implant in her left ear was turned on, and Jaylin's mom captured the beautiful moment on camera.
In the heartwarming video posted to Children's Medical Center Dallas' Facebook page, Jaylin is overwhelmed with emotion. "So whenever people talk, the sounds will go in my ear," she says, breaking down in tears. "Oh my gosh!"
Her mom, Rachelle Renee, then gets Jaylin's attention to tell her something very important. "Jaylin, can you hear me? Can you hear mommy? Can you hear mommy's voice?" Wiping tears away, Jaylin nods. Then Renee says the words: "I love you." And without missing a beat, Jaylin says, "I love you, too, Mommy," and comes in for a hug.
It's an incredibly sweet and powerful clip, and Jaylin and her family couldn't be more grateful. Speaking to Fox4 News in Dallas, Renee explained that Jaylin is deaf in her left ear and nearly deaf in her right ear. Her hearing had been getting progressively worse over the past few years, and they had to wait for it to deteriorate even further before she was eligible for a cochlear implant.
"Before she wouldn't even hear me. She'd have to look straight at me to see what I'm talking about," Jaylin's dad, Alfredo Garcia, told the news station.
Jaylin had surgery to place the cochlear implant in her left ear in March, and on Tuesday, her doctor turned it on. There's a process in place that allows for gradual amplification of sound so Jaylin is not overwhelmed by too much noise right away. Her hearing is already significantly better than it was before, though, and it will only continue to get better.
Renee said it was "so emotional" seeing Jaylin hear for the first time in the video above. "It was a feeling of just happiness for her to be able to receive sound and hear."
Jaylin will be celebrating Mother's Day with Renee this weekend, and on Monday, she heads back to school. As her mom said through tears of joy, "The sky's the limit for her now."