On the day she was born, Courtney failed a hearing test conducted by Nemours. She failed the test again before leaving the hospital. After more tests at Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville, her parents received the stunning news that Courtney was profoundly deaf.
Courtney’s mom tells of the day she learned that her daughter was deaf. “My husband took Courtney to Nemours because I had to work, and he said that he’d call me with the results right away. He didn’t call me back — he showed up at my work. I knew then that it wasn’t good news. All we could think was she’ll never hear us say, ‘I love you’ and she’ll never be able to say it to us. All our hopes for Courtney seemed to die that day.”
When hearing aids didn’t work, the family went back to Nemours to explore the option of cochlear implants. At just one year old, Courtney received her right implant. A year later, she received her left. Courtney, now three years old, continues therapy at Nemours. She’s made so much progress that her mother, Debbie, notes, “You would never know she’s deaf.”