Five-year old Oyena Gulwa began going deaf at the age of three, but a pro bono cochlear implant procedure has given him back the gift of hearing.
His father Zukisani Silwana says they were not sure what was happening when his son fell ill in 2014.
Initially diagnosed with meningitis, the young Philippi boy was referred to several specialists who couldn't seem to treat his worsening condition.
It was a very devastating situation because he lost speech each and every single day.— Zukisani Silwana
Little Oyena will now be able to enjoy his childhood, thanks to our friends at Bidvest Hear for Life Trust, Netcare Foundation and N1 City Hospital.
The family has expressed their gratitude, and we wish Oyena and his parents all the best for the future.
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