MANY Surprises with Kara’s Assistance - Tuesday, June 4, 2019
My husband and I adopted Micah Zoe in June 2007. Micah was born deaf and had, at
the age of 2 years 6 months, not received any treatment for her condition. We decided
that we would do everything it took to give her a normal life. After a visit to the ENT
specialist it was confirmed that her hearing loss was due to an underlying deformity of
her ears. It was at this point that our journey to communication with Micah began.
We were referred to Kara to establish a sign language vocabulary with Micah. Our
first visit to Kara was confusing and frightening, I did not think that I would
remember any of the signs taught to us that day let alone get Micah to understand and
learn them. During the week before our next appointment with Kara we practised the
signs hoping for a breakthrough. On the fifth day after our first lesson Micah
surprised me by using the sign for the colour red when asked to choose a pencil. Red
is still her favourite colour.
It was the beginning of many surprises and with Kara’s assistance, patience and
kindness our progression to communicate with Micah was astounding.
After extensive therapy which included the use of hearing aids the decision was made
that a Cochlear implant was the only solution to Micah’s problem.
After the initial mapping sessions, we were referred to a therapist living in
Empangeni, it made sense to cut out the long journey to Durban every week.
It was probably the worst decision - as after six months we had not progressed at all.
My husband and I discussed this with the therapist attending to Micah’s cochlear
device, and the decision was made to immediately start Micah’s speech therapy with
Kara is absolutely brilliant. Her patience and knowledge astounds me. I started
feeling hopeful again and with her understanding manner she guided us to a place I
thought we would never reach. Micah understands everything I say to her and
although she is still learning to speak, she already says a few words and is happy to
learn to say new words all the time.
There is no doubt that without Kara, this would never have been possible, and I would
never have thought it possible.
Kara is our heroine; she has made our lives a lot easier. Without her guidance I would
have been lost. I thank the Lord every day for people like Kara and for everything she
has taught Micah and I - Wendy Handford
Kara’s Worth is Immeasurable and Unforgettable - Monday, June 3, 2019
I am Sashnee Moodley, the mother of Shreya Moodley. Shreya has been a
patient since she was six weeks old. She has
been seeing Kara since May this year. Shreya had a Cochlear Implant in
January this year and Kara has been helping Shreya with her assessments
and with her hearing aid in her left ear. Kara has been working intensively with
Shreya with her speech and hearing impairment.
Shreya has benefited greatly from Kara as she has helped her obtain
maximum hearing in her left ear by prescribing a new and improved hearing
Aid. Kara’s soft and warm personality has helped boost my little girl’s
confidence. She no longer is shy and withdrawn; Kara has given Shreya the
confidence to give a speech in front of 30 to 40 guests. I used to be Shreya’s
role model; Kara has now filled that position.
I am glad that my little girl has found someone that she can trust and idolize.
Shreya now wants to be a doctor just like Kara, help to make all the little
children hear all the songs and to dance to the music. Only a parent who has
experienced the pain of watching their child not be able to say what they want
to eat or drink will know what it feels like to have a Kara in their world. So to
all the Kara’s of the world a very big ‘Thank You’.
Kara’s worth is immeasurable and unforgettable - Sashnee Moodley
Gratitude and Appreciation - Saturday, June 1, 2019
I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude and appreciation as well as offer my congratulations on the success of a very well presented seminar. It was really inspirational to me personally as well as an eye opener.... Made me even ask my son if he'd consider the procedure in future. Thanks once again for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of it. I look forward to future opportunities. – Mala Perumal