Michelle and Shane Roberts with theur daughter Cheyenne, who had to have her cochlear implant refitted after a serious fall.
Michelle and Shane Roberts with theur daughter Cheyenne, who had to have her cochlear implant refitted after a serious fall. Contributed Photo Rokrober

Cochlear implant opens up new world for little Cheyenne

MICHELLE and Shane Roberts cannot believe the difference a cochlear implant has made to the life of their young daughter, Cheyenne.

The 22-month-old suffers from a range of medical conditions, including cerebral palsy and the rare chromosome disorder 22Q11DUP, which affects her hearing, sight, muscle tone and internal organs.

She was fitted with the implant in March this year and Michelle said her speech and overall development had improved markedly.

Unfortunately, that progress was halted by a serious fall seven weeks ago.

Cheyenne was rushed to Brisbane for emergency treatment. Her implant had to be refitted and was only turned on again on October 17.

She will have to return to Brisbane every few weeks as specialists continue to adjust it.

"Up until the accident, she had been progressing really well," Michelle said.

"She was talking and was putting together two and three-word sentences. She was slowly learning her siblings' names. She can't say daddy, she says 'diddy', and she says mamma."

Michelle still marvels at the day the implant was first turned on.

"Cheyenne was so excited. Her eyes were wide open and she was clapping.

"I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the best thing."