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Cochlear implant has 5-year-old dancing

Five-year old Oyena Gulwa received a generous gift, a cochlear implant procedure, sponsored by Bidvest Hear for Life.

The procedure was made possible by Netcare Foundation at Netcare N1 city hospital who paid for a surgeon, anaesthetist and private hospitalisation for little Oyena.

His father Zukisani Silwana says Oyena started losing his hearing at the age of three and they didn't understand what was happening to their son.

The successful procedure was done last month but because it takes time to heal, it was only switched on last Friday.

Gill Kerr, chief audiologist at Tygerberg Hospital Cochlear Implant Unit says after its been switched on, they send sound through and Oyena has responded positively which means he's started hearing some sounds.

We saw some wonderful reaction with him on Friday.

Gill Kerr, Chief Audiologist atTygerberg Hospital Cochlear Implant Unit

Oyena's father says he is a lot happier after the cochlear implant was switched on. He says they've been playing music and dancing together as a family.

Zukisani thanked everyone who made it possible for Oyena to hear again.

Watch Oyena's journey below:

Listen to the full conversation below:

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