THE miracle of science gave Halaynah Beaver the chance to hear, but circumstance has locked her in a silent world again.
The two-year-old Allansford girl and her mother, Olivia Wiffrie, are desperate to find a part of the toddler’s life-changing cochlear implant which went missing in Warrnambool on Sunday.
Halaynah was born deaf.
Ms Wiffrie recalled the day when Halaynah heard for the first time after having the implant put in place.
“It was fantastic,” she said.
‘‘You saw her looking around thinking what’s that.
“She was shocked at the beginning.
‘‘It was fantastic to see.’’
Ms Wiffrie is appealing to the public in a bid to find the hearing device.
“It’s awful, we can’t communicate without it,” Ms Wiffrie said.
Halaynah had her implant fitted in December at the Cochlear Implant Clinic in Melbourne.
Ms Wiffrie said it looked like a smaller version of an adult hearing aid.
“I’m thinking it was possibly lost in the Woolworths East car park or at the Sunday market,” she said.
‘‘It’s white and it goes around her ear — the plastic part attaches to her ear.
“It’s no good to anyone else, they can’t do anything with it. They can’t sell it.
‘‘I’m not interested in who took it — we just want it back so she can hear.
“If she doesn’t have it, it’s going to take longer for her to talk.’’ Ms Wiffrie was hopeful of the expensive aid being found.
“I think people would look at it and think it was a hearing device because it goes over the ear,” she said.
The mother-of-two said it had been a terrible experience, made harder by the fact that her daughter recently had her tonsils out, and she was limited to cuddles and kisses to make her daughter feel better.
“It’s worse because I can’t talk to her when she’s upset to settle her,” she said.