A father speaks for his daughter

DUBAI —Six-year-old Sri Lankan Vishara Gunadasa has a severe hearing impairment because of which she has not learnt to speak. Her father is now seeking the community's help for the oral-aural rehabilitation of his daughter who needs a cochlear implant to hear and learn to speak.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 3 May 2005, 10:17 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:23 PM

The cochlear implant costs Dh120,000 in the UAE, and Dh70,000 in the subcontinent.

"I just don't have that kind of money, and I'm at my tether's end," says Rajeeva Gunadasa, a public relations executive with Adidas.

Vishara was diagnosed severe hearing impairment at the age of two. Audiology tests suggested auditory neuropathy. She is a student of a special needs school in Sharjah, and is on speech therapy.

"Her progress in language development has been very little in spite of using hearing aids. Cochlear implantation will help her hear and learn to speak. The cost of the device and surgical cost would not be less than Dh120,000 in the UAE. In India it would be around Dh70,000," says Suresh Thontadarya, Al Zahra Hospital, Sharjah.

Rajeeva despairs at his helplessness. The prognosis is that a cochlear implant will go a long way in helping Vishara lead a normal life. Rajeeva Gunadasa can be contacted on 050-6550161.

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