Our sweet Liam entered our world on a cold January afternoon on 1/16/2015. It was the day we officially became parents and our life became infinitely sweeter. When Liam failed his newborn hearing test in the hospital, we were concerned but didn't think much of it as we heard that it can be common to fail but then find out their hearing is fine. It wasn't until a few weeks later, we followed up at Children's Hospital Boston and life as we knew it came to a screeching halt. "Liam is deaf", they said. Our baby, who we were talking to, singing to, reading to... had never heard us. Although we took the news hard at first, we quickly picked ourselves up and realized- Liam is our child, our greatest treasure, and we will do everything in our power to give him the most wonderful life he deserves- whatever that may be!
On a crazy whirlwind of appointments and consults, we learned about cochlear implants. We quickly realized that if Liam qualified, this would be something we would like to pursue for him. When he was 10 months old, he had his surgery and he heard our voices for the first time three days before Christmas, 2015. By the time his first birthday came, he sat in his high chair surrounded by family and friends and listened to us sing "Happy Birthday" to him. This was something we never thought would be possible. Now we know anything is possible.
We first walked into Clarke School shortly after Liam received his cochlear implants. Clarke School is a place where children who are deaf/hard of hearing learn to listen and speak (and so much more!). Liam participated in "toddler group" and had a 1:1 sessions with a Teacher of the Deaf from when he was 1 until he turned 3. Two days after he turned 3, he had his first day of preschool at Clarke and he has been making incredible progress ever since. We are infinitely grateful for the wonderful staff and services he receives there. He absolutely loves Clarke School and we love what they do for him!
On Saturday June 16, Tim, Ronan, myself and our family will be participating in Clarke's Listening Walk at Southwick Zoo to help raise money for Clarke School! It will directly benefit Liam as he continues his journey to learn to listen and speak. They have already done so much for Liam, so we're excited to give back. Any amount is welcome! We deeply appreciate your generosity and support for our Liam.
The Macdonald Family
Tim, Katie, Liam & Ronan